Solvent Recovery Site Prepared for ‘Largest Treatment Project in the World’
The Environmental Protection Agency and Connecticut DEEP officials will hold an open house this weekend at the entrance to the site as they prepare to remove an anticipated 1 million pounds of solvent from soil and groundwater on the two acre site.
After years of planning, the Environmental Protection Agency and Connecticut
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will finally move forward
with remediation of the Solvent Recovery site – a project they said this week
will be the largest project of it’s kind to date in the world.
The two agencies, working alongside a group of potentially responsible parties,
will host an open house on the matter on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
outside the site of the former Solvent Recovery Solutions of New England site
at 90 Lazy Lane.
“A very significant phase of the remediation is under construction right now,
and will become operational later this year. This phase of the work
is called ‘in-situ thermal remediation,’ which is expected to remove approximately
1,000,0000 pounds of solvent from the soil under 2 acres of the site,” the
DEEP said in a press release.
be the largest treatment project of its' sort to date in the world. This
process will use electrical heaters bring about 50,000 cubic yards of soil
at the site to the boiling point, evaporate the solvents, then capture
them with a vacuum system and thermally oxidize them prior to release to the
Calls seeking further comment were not immediately returned Thursday.
The program will give residents a chance to learn more about the extent of
solvents in groundwater, preventing further migration of contaminated groundwater
by pumping and treating the water using UV/oxidation, and monitoring
on-going bio-remediation of solvents in groundwater by naturally occurring
The site has been abandoned since the 1970s after considerable contamination
forced the company to leave the location due to contamination. In 1983, the
federal government won a lawsuit claiming the property.