effort proceeds at Maine junkyard
On August 1, the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) began an effort to remove hazardous materials from
the Lucas Enterprises site, in Vassalboro, Maine. The removal
project is expected to take approximately four to six weeks.
The Lucas Enterprises facility is currently
a 3.5 acre inactive automotive junkyard. An EPA site investigation
of the property revealed that the surface soils on the premises
are contaminated with lead and volatile organic compound (VOCs).
Due to the proximity of this facility to 17 neighboring residences,
EPA will remove the contaminated soil and return clean fill to
the areas that are disturbed. The hazardous soil collected will
be disposed of at an offsite facility certified to handle contaminated
In addition, the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection will be hiring a contractor to remove tires from the
property, and will test nearby drinking water wells to confirm
that the water is safe for consumption.