west site/hows corners


The West Site/Hows Corners Superfund Site is defined as a 17-acre parcel of land owned by George West and the surrounding properties where groundwater contamination has come to be located. Mr. West used a small, 2-acre portion of the site to operate a waste oil facility from 1965 to 1980 in affiliation with the Portland/Bangor Waste Oil Company (PBWO). This 2-acre portion of the site is fenced and is referred to as the source area. The source consists of a partially grassy clearing, approximately 150 by 200 feet, with occasional bedrock outcroppings that run north-south. There are no buildings or other structures within this area. Waste oil, delivered by PBWO tank trucks, was stored within the source area in approximately eight 1,000 to 20,000 gallon storage tanks. PBWO collected, transported, and deposited unknown quantities of waste oil from military bases, auto dealerships, municipalities, local garages, bulk transportation companies, industries, and utility companies. Oil was stored in tanks; the company then sold the lighter oil for fuel and the heavier oils for dust control on dirt roads. PBWO company records indicate that the waste stored on the site was predominantly composed of used motor oils and industrial lubricating oil; however, because of the varied types of facilities contributing waste, the exact elements of the oils are unknown. In 1980, PBWO ceased operations at the site and PBWO cut up the tanks on site and sold them to a scrap metal dealer. No waste oil activities are known to have take place after the tanks were removed. When MEDEP performed a routine site inspection in 1988, the only waste source was contaminated soil. This soil was subsequently removed in 1990-1991 as part of an initial cleanup action. In addition, EPA installed an alternate water supply system in 1993-1994 to provide a permanent supply of safe drinking water to those residences whose private water supplies have been contaminated by past site activities.

Hazardous Ranking Score

50 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 1
Phone: (888) 372-7341
Fax: (617) 918-0101

Outside New England:
(617) 918-1111

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Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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