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Incineration at the Rose Disposal Pit Superfund Site, Lanesborough, Massachusetts

Site Name:

Rose Disposal Pit Superfund Site


Lanesborough, Massachusetts

Period of

February 1994 - July 1994


Remedial action


Mark Phillips
Maximillian Technology
Pittsfield, MA
(413) 494-3027

On-site incineration

- Soil was pretreated with crushing and shredding to achieve a homogenized incinerator feed
- Incineration system consisting of rotary kiln and secondary combustion chamber (SCC)
- SCC temperatures averaged 2000°F
- Ash was discharged, and returned to the excavated areas on site

Cleanup Authority:
- ROD Date: 9/30/96, 11/21/89
- EPA-lead

SIC Code:
Point of Contact:
Pam Shields
U.S. EPA Region 1

PCBs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including TCE, benzene, and vinyl chloride

- PCBs at were detected at concentrations up to 440,000 mg/kg. The average PCB concentration was 500 mg/kg

Waste Source:
Disposal of manufacturing wastes in an open trench

Type/Quantity of Media Treated:
- Soil (51,000 tons)

Purpose/Significance of Application:
Incineration of PCB-contaminated soil

Regulatory Requirements/Cleanup Goals:
Destruction and Removal Efficiency (DRE) of 99.9999% for PCBs as required by Toxic Substances Control Act regulations in 40 CFR part 761 subpart D

Treatment performance and air monitoring data collected during this application indicated that all required performance and standards emissions were achieved.

Between 1951 and 1959, the 14-acre residential lot received wastes from a nearby manufacturer. Soil at the site was contaminated with PCBs as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A Record of Decision signed September 23, 1988 and November 21, 1989 specified on-site incineration as the remedial technology for the soil and sediments. Site cleanup goals and DRE standards were specified for constituents of concern.

On-site incineration began in February 1994 and was completed in July 1994. The treatment system consisted of a rotary kiln and an SCC. Kiln ash was treated and stored and treated gas was exhausted to a stack. Incineration has achieved the soil cleanup goals specified in the ROD.

No information was available on costs for the remedial action.