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Incineration at the Baird and McGuire Superfund Site, Holbrook, Massachusetts

Site Name:

Baird and McGuire Superfund Site


Holbrook, Massachusetts

Period of

March 1995 to March 1997


Remedial action


OHM Remediation Services Corporation
16406 U.S. Route 224
East Findlay, OH 45839
(419) 423-3526

- Removal of moisture from soil using rotary dryer
- Combustion of contaminants in dry soil using rotary kiln
- System designed to treat 25 tons of contaminated soil per hour
- Ash and flue gases discharged from kiln
- Residuals generated from incinerator returned to excavated areas on site

Cleanup Authority:
- ROD signed in September 1986 (soil)
- ROD signed in September 1989 (sediment)
- U.S. Corps of Engineers Lead

SIC Code:
2879 (Pesticides)
2841 (Soaps)
2842 (Floor Wax)
2869 (Solvents)
Point of Contact:
Chet Janowski
U.S. EPA Region 1
John F. Kennedy Building
One Congress Street
Boston, MA 02203

Dioxins, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides, and heavy metals, including lead and arsenic

Waste Source:
Land disposal of process wastes

Type/Quantity of Media Treated:
Soil (210,000 tons) and sediment (1,500 cubic yards)

Purpose/Significance of Application:
Treats wide range of contaminants in soil and sediment, including dioxin, VOCs, PAHs, and Pesticides

Regulatory Requirements/Cleanup Goals:
Destruction and Removal Efficiency (DRE) of 99.99% for principal organic hazardous constituents (POHCs) as required by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) incinerator regulations in 40 CFR part 264, subpart O

Trial burn data indicate that all DRE emission standards were met

Between 1912 and 1983, the site was operated as a chemical mixing and batching company. During a remedial investigation at the site, dioxin concentrations in the soil were measured as high as 27.8 µg/kg. A Record of Decision (ROD) signed in 1986 specified on-site incineration as the selected remedy for the contaminated soils at the site. A second ROD signed in 1989 specified on-site incineration as the selected remedy for the contaminated sediments of the nearby Cochato River.

The incineration system included a rotary dryer for removal of moisture from the soil. The dried soil was fed to the rotary kiln where the contaminants in the soil were volatilized and destroyed. From March 1995 through March 1997, the incinerators processed approximately 210,000 tons of contaminated soil and 1,500 cubic yards of contaminated sediment. All of the residuals generated from the incineration and subsequent ancillary operations, including ash and wastewater treatment sludge, were landfilled on site. Treatment performance and emissions data collected during this application indicated that all required performance standards and emissions requirements were achieved.

The total cost for remediation using the incineration system was approximately $133,000,000.