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Superfund Site Report: NAVAL WEAPONS INDUSTRIAL RESERVE PLANT
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Remedy Selected

    The Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) is located on Hartwell Road in Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The 46-acre facility is part of a larger industrial complex located immediately north of Hanscom Air Force Base. NWIRP and Raytheon Missile Systems Division (RMSD), which is also located within the industrial complex, are operated by Raytheon Co. NWIRP was created in 1952 and operations continue at the facility today. NWIRP is used for advanced technology research in weapons systems development; primarily the design, fabrication, and testing of prototype equipment such as missile guidance and control systems. The Components Laboratory, located on Hartwell's Hill on the north side of Hartwell Road, and the Flight Test Facility, on the lower, south side of Hartwell Road, are the primary operating areas at NWIRP. Approximately 21 other buildings house various support activities related to the work at these two centers. The Navy has conducted several investigations of the NWIRP facility. An Initial Assessment Study (IAS) was completed by the Department of Defense in April 1986. The IAS identified potential sources and areas of concern at the NWIRP facility. In 1990, the Navy completed the first phase of a remedial investigation (RI) that further evaluated the potential sources of contamination at NWIRP. NWIRP has generated or stored wastes at numerous locations throughout its operational history.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Hazardous wastes generated at NWIRP include VOCS, photographic fixer, waste OIL and coolants, lacquer thinner, unspecified solvents and thinners, Stoddard solvent, waste paint, and chromic, sulfuric, nitric, hydrochloric and phosphoric acids. IRON and VOCS contamination including BENZENE, TRICHLORETHENE, and tetrachlorethene have been detected in three water supply wells operated by the Town of Bedford; these wells have since been closed. There are extensive wetlands and several species of rare plants and wildlife along this river and the Elm Brook, which is also located downstream from NWIRP. Ingesting or coming into contact with contaminated groundwater or wastes could be a health risk.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANEX    
    1,1-DICHLOROETHANEX    
    1,1-DICHLOROETHYLENEX    
    1,2-DICHLOROETHANEX    
    1,2-TRANS-DICHLOROETHYLENEX    
    ACETIC ACID    X
    ACETONE    X
    CAUSTIC SODA    X
    CHROMIC ACID    X
    CYANIDE COMPOUNDS    X
    ETHYLENE GLYCOL    X
    HYDROCHLORIC ACID    X
    HYDROFLUORIC ACID    X
    METHANOL    X
    METHYL ETHYL KETONE    X
    NITRIC ACID    X
    PHOSPHORIC ACID    X
    SULFURIC ACID    X
    TETRACHLOROETHYLENEX    
    TOLUENE    X
    TRICHLOROETHYLENEX    
    XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS)    X


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for NAVAL WEAPONS INDUSTRIAL RESERVE PLANT:

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    0%         50%         100%

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: NAVAL WEAPONS INDUSTRIAL RESERVE PLANT
    EPA ID: MA6170023570
    Address: HARTWELL ROAD
    BEDFORD, MA 01730
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: May 31, 1994
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
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