Exide cleanup enters final phase

Those driving past the former Exide Battery plant located at 2190 Post Road may have noticed increased activity these past few weeks as remediation work has resumed. Work had been temporarily suspended in May following detection of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in some of the stockpiled sediment samples on site.

The stockpiled sediments had been dredged from the Mill River, dewatered, and stored in geotextile bags awaiting removal to a licensed disposal facility. The presence of PCBs in some of the samples delayed the load-out of the dredged materials pending consultation with federal and state regulators, which then had to review and approve an updated management and disposal plan to handle the PCBs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) approved the management and disposal plan in July, after which the company finalized a list of properly licensed disposal facilities that can accept the materials. The load-out and disposal of the stockpiled sediments began several weeks ago, and is expected to take up to three months to complete.

Consultants for Exide hope to complete all work and restore the site by the end of this calendar year.

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