EPA RCRA ID: MAD001408475
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste. Corrective action is a requirement under RCRA that facilities that treat, store or dispose of hazardous wastes, or did so in the past, investigate and clean up hazardous releases into soil, groundwater, surface water and air. For more information, and for more information on RCRA-specific terms used on this page, please visit EPA’s umbrella RCRA web page or EPA’s RCRA Corrective Action page.
On this page:
- Cleanup Activities
- Facility Description
- Institutional/Engineering Controls
- Enforcement and Compliance
- Related Information and Publicly Available Electronic Records
- Contacts for this Facility
The facility achieved a "Remedy Construction Complete" determination on September 26, 2018. Buildings associated with former manufacturing operations were demolished. Contaminated soil was excavated and removed from the property, and the waste disposal areas were closed in accordance with RCRA regulations.
Cleanup Actions or environmental indicators characterizing the entire facility are shown below. This listing, and all the data on this page, come from EPA’s RCRAInfo and are refreshed nightly to this page. For this table, a blank in the Status column could mean the action either has not occurred or has not been reported in RCRAInfo.
Cleanup Activities Pertaining to the Entire Facility
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https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=dc9f5dc8d99c42dd9cc1a7514c24e420&extent=-7941829.8961%2C5257120.6563%2C-7940301.1555%2C5257675.422%2C102100 Historic manufacturing operations by General Electric, and later, the Vulkor Wire and Cable Company, began at the property in 1920 and continued until 1992. Wastes were generated from the manufacturing of insulated copper wire, rubber, and munitions. These wastes contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-VOCs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), metals, and acids. The facility operated multiple waste storage and disposal areas on the property.
This approximately 7 acre facility is located in a developed area of Lowell, MA. According to the US Geological Survey's National Hydrography Dataset, this facility is located in the Stony Brook-Merrimack River watershed and the nearest fresh surface water body is located on or immediately adjacent to the property. Geology in this area has been observed to be dominated by metasedimentary rock and mica schist formations.
Institutional and Engineering Controls help ensure human exposure and groundwater migration are under control at a cleanup facility. Where control types have been reported by states and EPA in EPA’s RCRAInfo, they are shown below. Not all control types are needed at all facilities, and some facilities do not require any controls. Where there are blanks, the control types may not be needed, may not be in place, or may not be reported in RCRAInfo.
Are Controls in Place at this Facility?
EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) provides detailed historical information about enforcement and compliance activities at each RCRA Corrective Action Site in their Enforcement and Compliance Historical Online (ECHO) system.
For more information about this facility, see these other EPA links:
- RCRA information in EPA’s Envirofacts database
- Information about this facility submitted to EPA under different environmental programs as reported in EPA’s Facility Registry Services
- Alternative Names for this facility as reported by EPA programs in EPA’s Facility Registry Services
- Cleanups in My Community provides an interactive map to see EPA cleanups in context with additional data, and lists for downloading data
- Search RCRA Corrective Action Sites provides a search feature for Corrective Action Sites
EPA Region implements and enforces the RCRA Corrective Action program for and federally recognized tribes.
For further information on this corrective action site, use the Contact Information for Corrective Action Hazardous Waste Clean Ups listings that are accessible through Corrective Action Programs around the Nation.