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East Deerfield Railyard

Site Background

The site is located on Railroad Yard Road in a commercial/residential section of East Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Pan Am East Deerfield Rail yard property is approximately 129 acres, and is bounded to the north and east by open land and the Connecticut River, to the south by River Road, and to the west by the Deerfield River. Pan Am Railways owns the majority of the East Deerfield Rail Yard; however, a portion of the property is currently leased from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (EOTC). The property has been a rail yard since the late 1800�s. Prior to its current use, the disposal site was either undeveloped or used as farmland.

The Site is currently an active rail yard. Specifically, the Site contains several active rail lines, a fueling platform, a maintenance shed used for light engine maintenance, parking areas and engineering offices. Based on the historical information identified during Phase I and Phase II activities, and the distribution of contaminants on Site, there are six main source areas currently being addressed (Figure 2):

  • Former UST – The former UST located in the eastern portion of the Site has resulted in the presence of free product (petroleum) present at MW-2.
  • Former Fueling Area – The former fueling area in the central portion of the Site resulted the presence of free product (petroleum) present at EPG-6. 
  • Current Fueling Area – The current fueling area is located south of the Farm Bureau building.  A spill containment system connected to two oil-water separators and a wastewater treatment system are part of the fueling platform.  A geotextile barrier was subsequently installed beneath the fueling area to prevent minor releases that occur during fueling of locomotives from reaching the environment.  Soil above the textile barrier is periodically checked for impacts and removed for proper disposal/recycling as necessary.
  • Historical Release of Petroleum to Soil – The distribution of petroleum in surficial soils indicates that historical releases have occurred on Site.  These historical releases could be the result of minor leaks from locomotives or overfilling of storage tanks.  Specifically, impacted soils have been identified adjacent to the current 100,000-gallon above-ground storage tank (AST).  Impacts in this area are attributable to historic filling activities, perhaps overfilling of the tank, as well as a release identified in August 2008 during a routine inspection of the tank.  Currently, all ASTs at the site are inspected regularly to prevent releases and construction is underway on a state of the art fuel storage facility to replace the current diesel AST.
  • Former Lake Asphalt Site - The former Lake Asphalt plant property was previously leased from Pan Am Railways for use as an asphalt plant.  The site is located along the southwestern boundary and adjacent to the East Deerfield Rail Yard and is enclosed by a gated and locked chain-link and barbed wire fence.  The facility has been abandoned for several years and is heavily overgrown.  There are currently no tanks, structures or drums present at the Site.  The ASTs and drums associated with operations at the former Lake Asphalt Plant were removed as part of Immediate Response Action (IRA) activities conducted at the Site.

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RTN News

June 12, 2014

Pan Am will hold a public meeting on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm to present a public comment draft Phase IV Remedy Implementation Plan (Phase IV RIP) report for the East Deerfield Rail Yard. The meeting will be held in the main meeting area of the Deerfield Town Hall. The soil and groundwater impacts addressed in this report are tracked by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) under Release Tracking Number (RTN) 1-17606.

The draft Phase IV RIP provides details regarding the implementation of the selected remedy (excavation) for historical releases of petroleum compounds to soil and groundwater. The Phase IV RIP also includes a health and safety plan to address worker safety during implementation of the remedy.

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