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McGoldrick Paper Company Site

Site Contact:
Wing Chau
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
54-54A Canal Street
Hinsdale, NH 03451

The Site was utilized for the manufacture of paper products from the mid-1800s until approximately 2004, after which it was occupied by an auto salvage business. There are currently no active business operations at the Site, and the majority of the buildings is in a state of disrepair.  

In April 2018, Ransom Consulting, Inc. (Ransom) completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on behalf of the Southwest Regional Planning Commission (SWRPC).  During a Site Reconnaissance, Ransom observed multiple containers of suspected oil and/or hazardous materials (OHM) within the Site buildings. Ransom documented approximately 73 drums, including 53 55-gallon drums, 11 30-gallon drums, and nine 20-gallon drums. In addition, Ransom observed seven 300-gallon totes within the Site buildings. In December 2019, Ransom completed a Phase II ESA. Sampling conducted as part of the Phase II investigation confirmed the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals (arsenic and antimony) in exceedance of NH soil remediation standards.

In February 2020, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) requested EPA’s assistance in evaluating whether current site conditions, including the potential release of hazardous substances stored in 55-gallon drums and 300-gallon totes, located in unsecured buildings, would warrant a time-critical removal action.  On August 17-18, 2020, EPA and its Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) contractor, Weston Solutions, Inc. (Weston), mobilized to the Site to conduct sampling activities as part of a Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation (PA/SI).  

Sampling results identified the presence of VOCs (including toluene, xylenes, acetone, ethylbenzene), SVOCs (including various polyaromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs]), acids, and caustics.  The PA/SI confirmed the presence of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) hazardous substances that poses a direct contact threat, as well as a potential for release or further release into the environment. Based upon the PA/SI sampling results, a time-critical removal action was recommended in the Site Investigation Closure Memorandum dated January 12, 2021.