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Mansell Field

Site Contact:
Wing Chau


Site Location:
50 Proctor Street
Salem, MA 01970

On December 19, 2018, the City of Salem (City) notified the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection of elevated levels of arsenic, lead, and chromium in soils at the Site.  The elevated levels were identified by a licensed site professional hired by the city to sample Mansell Field prior to the initiation of improvement projects. 

On June 6, 2022, EPA received a request for assistance from MassDEP for the assessment and remediation of contaminated soils at the Site.  On July 5, 2022, EPA and its Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team contractor conducted a Preliminary Assessment/Site Investigation (PA/SI).  Soil samples were collected and analyzed for metals by USEPA Laboratory Services and Applied Sciences Division.  The PA/SI revealed that arsenic is the main contaminant of concern with other collocated contaminants such as but not limited to chromium and lead. 

Based upon the sampling results and potential for further release of contaminants from the Site, the evaluation was concluded, and a time-critical removal action was recommended in the Site Investigation Closure Memorandum dated August 24, 2022.

The Site comprises the lower elevation portion of the 23.3-acre Gallows Hill Park, and is approximately 1.5-acres.  Due to the contaminated soil, the Site is currently fenced and closed to the public. Prior to the fence installation, the grassy area was used for soccer practice and other activities.  The Site is located a densely populated residential neighborhood. Within one mile of the Site the population is approximately 25,500 residents, with seven schools, two nursing homes, and 11 childcare centers.

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