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Clean up Begins at “Factory H” Site in Meriden, Conn.


This week, EPA will begin the clean-up of an abandoned and inactive 76,000 sq. foot multi-section building commonly known as the “Factory H Site.” The building was once part of the former International Silver Company’s 7.2 acre Meriden, Conn. facility, located at 77 Cooper Street. The site is currently owned by the City of Meriden.

Testing conducted at the Factory H building has revealed the presence of friable asbestos and asbestos containing-materials. Because the presence of asbestos at the site could pose a threat to public health, it requires removal and proper disposal.

During the clean up work, EPA will take appropriate health and safety precautions, including performing air monitoring and utilizing dust suppression measures to ensure that cleanup activities do not negatively impact air quality in the surrounding area. On site, workers will be wearing personal protective gear, including impermeable white suits and respirators. This level of protection is required by federal laws.

The planned removal action at the site will be completed in four stages. First, the site will be secured to prevent unauthorized access. Second, the site will be evaluated to determine the structural integrity of the floors and all unsafe areas will be stabilized. Next, EPA contractors will conduct removal of the friable asbestos and asbestos containing-materials. Finally, the hazardous materials will be disposed at EPA-approved disposal facilities.

The work is beginning this week and is expected to take approximately six months to complete.


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