DES puts ARRA Funds for Leaking Underground Storage Tanks to Good Use
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is putting to good use the $1.28 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant it received in July to address leaking underground storage tanks. Since receipt of the funding, DES has removed nine tanks and 1,200 tons of contaminated soil, as well as completing a contaminated soil delineation of a site and a groundwater monitoring round. Work has been initiated or completed at nine sites and an additional five sites will be added by the end of the year. New Hampshire was the first of the New England states to complete leaking underground storage tank related stimulus projects. Stimulus related projects facilitated the reopening of a store in Plainfield, resulted in progress in cleaning up a tax deeded property, removed an elderly land owner’s out-of-service underground storage tanks and funded a key contaminated site remedial action. DES has additional funding available for qualified projects.
Examples of completed UST ARRA grant projects:
Lido Service Station, Plaistow:
Groundwater contamination from the former Plaistow Lido Service Station site (78 Plaistow Road, Plaistow) has impacted more than two dozen private water supply wells over the last several years. Currently there are 19 water supplies in the site vicinity that still have point of entry treatment systems installed to treat contaminated drinking water.
The first of two planned phases of cleanup activities at the Plaistow Lido site included the removal of 1,200 tons of contaminated soil located on two parcels (the location of the former Plaistow Lido Service Station and the abutting residential property to the north). The shallow dug well water supply for 80 Plaistow Road was located in the contaminated soil zone and was dismantled as part of this project. A new water supply well was drilled to replace the dismantled well. In addition, a piping network was installed during the soil excavation for the second phase of the clean up work planned for the site. The second phase of remedial work will include in-situ chemical oxidation of the gasoline contamination using the piping network that was installed during the soil excavation. The chemical oxidation effort will accelerate groundwater restoration in the immediate vicinity of the site. Both phases are needed to remove the source of groundwater contamination and restore the use of the groundwater resource.
Maplehurst Hotel, Bethlehem:
DES removed an underground storage tank and waste oil drum at the Maplehurst Hotel in Bethlehem (tax deeded parcel). The tank was last used in the early 1980s. DES has also agreed to work with the town to address asbestos associated with the former hotel’s boiler. The work should help the town with demolition of the hotel, should demolition become necessary. The work will help the town with its efforts to sell the property for redevelopment.
Meriden Deli Mart, Plainfield:
DES removed three underground storage tanks from the Meriden Deli Mart in Plainfield, which was a foreclosure property. The tank removal in Plainfield was essential for moving the property out of foreclosure and back into productive use. In addition to tank removal, DES expedited the approval of the replacement tank design at the Plainfield property. The new owner of the property intends to open for business for Columbus Day weekend.
Hank’s General Store, Carroll:
DES removed two 20-year-old underground storage tanks, the pump island and contaminated soil from the former Hank’s General Store in Carroll. This business has been closed since 2005 and removal of the tanks will help facilitate efforts to reopen the business.
Tinkham’s Store, Enfield:
DES removed three underground storage tanks and the pump island from the former Tinkham’s Store in Enfield. The tanks were last used in 2002. The tank removals should facilitate the resale of the property by the elderly tank owners.
To nominate projects for assistance or for more information on current/planned ARRA UST grant projects, please contact Gary Lynn, Petroleum Remediation Program Supervisor at (603) 271-8873.
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