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No Further Action Decision Under CERCLA, Study Area 43P Historic Gas Station Sites, Fort Devens, Massachusetts

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Investigations of Study Area 43P Historic Gas Station Site at Fort Devens, Massachusetts have resulted in the decision that no further hazardous waste studies or remediation are required at this site. Study Area 43P was identified in the Federal Facilities Agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense as a potential site of contamination. Field investigation of Study Area 43P was initiated in 1992 in conjunction with the other 12 Groups 2, 7, and Historic Gas Stations Study Areas at Fort Devens. The Study Area 43P site investigation consisted of collecting subsurface soil samples, field analysis of those samples, and one soil boring. Eleven TerraProbe points were advanced to refusal at each location and up to three subsurface soil samples per point 21 total were collected for field analysis. The samples were analyzed for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes and total petroleum hydrocarbons. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes were not detected in any of the samples, and total petroleum hydrocarbon compounds were detected in only one sample at 220 parts per million. On the basis of findings at Study Area 43P and the Preliminary Risk Evaluation, there is no evidence or reason to conclude that petroleum contamination due to the former underground storage tank has caused significant environmental contamination or poses a threat to human health. The decision has been made to remove Study Area 43P from further consideration in the Installation Restoration Program.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Organic Chemistry

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