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Superfund Site Report: BAIRD & MCGUIRE
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (December l982): The Baird & McGuire Site covers about 15 acres in Holbrook, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Since l9l2, the company has run a batching operation, mixing and packaging pesticides, emulsifiers, floor waxes, strippers, disinfectants, coal-tar emulsions, and associated products. The site is 500 feet west of the Cochato River, which is diverted 2.5 miles downstream into the Richardi Reservoir, part of the water system serving nearly 90,000 people in Braintree, Holbrook, and Randolph. The site is also located within 1,000 feet of Holbrook's South Street Well Field, which was abandoned due to contamination. Analyses of on-site ground water show high levels of ARSENIC and numerous organic compounds. CREOSOTE is found in ground water between the site and the Cochato River. Similar organic contamination has been documented since l958 in the South Street Well Field. Up to l0 parts per million of organic compounds were detected in the air on-site. Status (July l983): In March l983, a prolonged period of heavy rain raised the levels of ground water and the Cochato River, creating an OIL slick on the river. EPA's Emergency Response Team came in and brought the situation under control.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Lake or river - disposal in
    • Manufacturing process
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Storage - finished product
    • Storage - raw material
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The groundwater is contaminated with pesticides and organic and inorganic chemicals. Studies found significant levels of VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS), other organic compounds, ARSENIC, and pesticides including DDT and CHLORDANE in the Cochato River sediments. The contamination is highest on site or within approximately 500 feet downgradient of the current site fence. Site soils were found to be contaminated with VOCS, polycyclic aromatic HYDROCARBONS (PAHS), other organic compounds, pesticides, DIOXIN, and HEAVY METALS such as LEAD and ARSENIC.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    TOLUENE X   

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? Yes
    Population served by the wells now shut down: 10,001 - 100,000
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 0
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for BAIRD & MCGUIRE:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:

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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: BAIRD & MCGUIRE
    EPA ID: MAD001041987
    Address: 775 SOUTH ST
    HOLBROOK, MA 02343
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Chemical Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 4
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 2 - 10
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: None

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