The City of Fall River has been awarded two Brownfields Assessment Grants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the assessment of suspect brownfield properties. Each grant, one for properties contaminated by hazardous materials and one for properties contaminated by petroleum products, is for $200,000. BETA has been selected by the City to perform investigation activities, including identification of possible sites, community outreach, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, and hazardous building materials investigations.
To date, BETA has conducted Phase I ESAs on the NuChrome property at 161 Graham Road and the King Philip Mill complex at 386 Kilburn Street in Fall River. The property at 161 Graham Road formerly housed NuChrome, which conducted plating operations on antique car parts. The Phase I identified several recognized environmental conditions including, but not limited to, the presence of trichloroethylene in groundwater and metals in surficial soils. The property at 386 Kilburn Street has a long history as a mill complex and had numerous petroleum aboveground and underground storage tanks, several of which had leaked.
BETA prepared an Addendum our EPA-approved Quality Assurance Project Plan for a Phase II ESA on both properties. In 2015, BETA conducted a Phase II ESA at the NuChrome property that included soil borings, monitoring wells, and sampling of soil, groundwater, soil gas, sediment, and surface water. In 2016, BETA is overseeing a Phase II ESA at the King Philip Mill that also includes soil borings, monitoring wells, product gauging, and sampling of soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water. Both Phase II ESAs also included hazardous building material investigations by BETA’s subcontractor.
BETA is currently assisting the City in identifying additional properties to be assessed. Current properties being considered include an abandoned gasoline service station and several former textile mill properties.