fletcher's paint works & storage

21 ELM ST.

This 2-acre site consists of two neighboring lots owned by Fletcher's Paint Works; a former manufacturing plant/retail outlet on Elm Street and a storage area 700 feet south on Mill Street. Fletcher's Paint Works manufactured and sold paints and stains, for residential use, at its Milford plant from 1949 until 1991. Bulk paint pigments were stored at the warehouse shed. The owner stored several hundred drums behind the plant, and naphtha and mineral spirits were stored in underground tanks. Contaminants from the storage facility were found in a drainage ditch adjoining the Hampshire Paper Co. property. In 1982, the State inspected the facility in response to a complaint and found 800 drums of alkyd resins and 21 drums of solvent. Leaking and open drums, as well as stained soil, were observed. An EPA investigation of the site was prompted by the discovery of VOC contamination in the adjacent Keyes Municipal Water Supply Well. Drums were removed from the Elm Street facility, and a permeable synthetic liner and clean fill were placed over areas containing high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at both the Mill Street and Elm Street locations. By the end of 1991, a fence had been built around the Elm Street property. The storage shed and its contents were properly disposed of during the summer of 1993, due to deteriorating conditions and concern of local citizens. In 1995, contaminated surface soils were removed from 3 residential properties adjacent to the Mill Street site. Asphalt was also placed over Mill Street to direct future run-off away from these residential properties. In 1996, contaminated soils were removed from a small piece of land adjacent to the Elm Street facility to allow for construction of a Korean War Memorial. In December 2000, EPA began demolition and disposal of the former Fletcher's Paint Works building on the Elm Street property. The demolition action was completed in the Spring of 2001. The site is situated in a densely populated residential and commercial area, located approximately 1/8th mile from the downtown Milford area. Approximately 11,400 people within 3 miles obtain drinking water from public and private wells. There are three schools and a 10 acre recreation field located adjacent to the site. The site also includes the sediments in the adjacent Souhegan River, which is used for recreational activities.

Hazardous Ranking Score

35 / 100

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

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

Outside New England:
(617) 918-1111

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