Superfund Site Profile


Institutional controls are required for this site.
This site requires ICs because a decision document, such as a Record of Decision, has documented some level of contamination and/or remedy component at the site that would restrict use of the site. These ICs are required to help ensure the site is used in an appropriate way and that activities at the site do not damage the cleanup components. These ICs will remain in place for as long as the contamination and/or cleanup components stay on site. The site contacts should be consulted if there are questions on the ICs for this site.
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The Ottati and Goss/Kingston Steel Drum Site is located in Kingston, New Hampshire, approximately eight miles north of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and approximately three miles south of the center of Kingston, New Hampshire. 

The Site is comprised of three distinct sections.  The first is a 5.88 acre parcel referred to as the Great Lakes Container Corporation and Kingston Steel Drum (GLCC/KSD) area.  The second area is 29 acres and is owned by the Senter Transportation Company and Concord Realty Trust.  One acre of this parcel was leased to Ottati and Goss, Inc. (O&G), and now this entire 29-acre parcel is referred to as the O&G portion of the Site.  The third section is a 23-acre marsh located east of the GLCC/KSD section, located between Route 125 and Country Pond.  This parcel was purchased by the IMCERA Group Inc., in 1984 and the section is referred to as Country Pond Marsh. 

From the late 1950's through 1967 the Conway Barrel and Drum Company (CDB) owned the Site and performed drum reconditioning operations in the GLCC/KSD portion of the Site.  The reconditioning operations included caustic rinsing of drums and disposal of the rinse water in a dry well near South Brook.  As a result of South Brook and Country Pond pollution, CDB established two leaching pits (lagoons) in areas removed from South Brook.  Kingston Steel Drum, the operator of the facility from 1967 to 1973, continued the same operations as CDB. 

In 1973 International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation (IMC) purchased the drum and reconditioning plant and operated it until 1976.  The lagoons were reported to be filled in 1973 and 1974.  The property was purchased in 1976 by the Great Lakes Container Corporation.  Beginning in 1978, the Ottati and Goss Company operations consisted of “processed hazardous materials brought to the Site in drums.”  Heavy sludges from the wash tank and from drainings, and residues from incinerator operations at GLCC, were transported to the O&G portion of the site for processing.  The O&G operations ceased in 1979.  GLCC continued the drum reconditioning operation on its portion of the Site, until July 1980.

Soil throughout the Site was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), acid/base/neutral compounds (ABNs), metals and cyanide at high concentrations at numerous locations.  Surface water in North and South Brooks and Country Pond contained dissolved VOCs.  Sediments in North and South Brooks and the marsh contained VOCs and PCBs.  Groundwater contaminated with VOCs, arsenic, nickel, iron and manganese was evident in several plumes.  The plumes appeared to merge into one plume which migrated under Route 125 and the Country Pond Marsh, eventually discharging into Country Pond.

The Site was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List on September 8, 1983.