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Howe Motors Dealership

All POL/SITREP's for this site Howe Motors Dealership
Claremont, NH - EPA Region I
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Howe Motors Dealership - Removal Polrep
Initial and Final Removal Polrep

EPA Emergency Response

Region I

Subject: POLREP #1
Howe Motors Dealership

Claremont, NH

From: Daniel Burgo, OSC
Date: 1/13/2014
Reporting Period: 1/13/14

1. Introduction
  1.1 Background
Site Number:      Contract Number:  
D.O. Number:      Action Memo Date:  
Response Authority: OPA    Response Type: Emergency
Response Lead: PRP    Incident Category: Removal Action
NPL Status: Non NPL    Operable Unit:
Mobilization Date: 1/13/2014    Start Date: 1/13/2014
Demob Date: 1/13/2014    Completion Date: 1/13/2014
ERNS No.:    State Notification:
FPN#: E14101    Reimbursable Account #:

1.1.1 Incident Category
Approximately 1800 gallons used motor oil spill
1.1.2 Site Description
The spill originated in commercial business garage which flowed to a storm drain into Taylor Brook which flows to the Sugar Creek then Connecticut River. Location
114 Charlestown Rd Claremont, NH Description of Threat
Approximately 1800 gallons of used motor oil
1.1.3 Preliminary Removal Assessment/Removal Site Inspection Results

2. Current Activities
  2.1 Operations Section
    2.1.1 Narrative

At 1110 NRC report #1700974 came through about a several hundred gallon release to the Sugar River in Claremont NH. After receiving an updated situational report from the on-scene NH DES responder, the estimated spill increased to approximately 1800 gallons with a potential of 4000 gallons from an AST. Based on the limited information available at the time it appears the spill started Sunday night due to a transfer pump failure. The PRP (Howe Motors Dealership) hired Clean Harbors as their cleanup contract, and they are currently enroute. VT DEC has been made aware of the situation in the chance that the spill will reach the Connecticut River.

At 1515 OSC England completed a recon of the impacted property and traced the impacted waterways.

All volumes below are field estimates:

1800 gallons of used motor oil released
1400 gallons remained within the foot print of the storage garage
200 gallons of free flowing product recovered
200 gallons recovered through mechanical means using speedi dry, absorbent pads, and sorbent booms
The majority of the remaining oil is potentially in the storm drain since the sheening in Taylor Brook and the Snake River is fairly light.

The response contractor (Clean Harbors) has set up three different hard boom locations with collection areas and is taking advantage of the natural collections areas along the brook.


At this point the contractors are meeting the clean up requirements set forth by the NH DES responder and EPA resources will not be required. The EPA OSC issued a NOFI at 1548 and is investigating the applicablility of the SPCC Rule since the facility does not have a plan in place. The information will be forwarded to the Region 1 Oil program coordinator.

2.1.2 Response Actions to Date

EPA did not have any removal actions to date. EPA only provided contractor oversight.
The PRP has hired Clean Harbors cleanup contractor. The cleanup contractor has place hard boom along the Taylor Brook and the Sugar River along with absorbent boom/pads. They have vactored the used oil at specific collections points along the river, the storm drain, and at the point or origination within Howe Motors' garage.
2.1.3 Enforcement Activities, Identity of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)

EPA oil program has been informed of the incident in regards to SPCC Rule eligibility/requirements.

2.1.4 Progress Metrics

Waste Stream Medium Quantity Manifest # Treatment Disposal
 Motor Oil
oil/water 2000+      
 Oil cont. solids solids  6-8 drums      

  2.2 Planning Section
    2.2.1 Anticipated Activities
No further actions anticipated by US EPA.
PRP/NH DES will continue oversight of the removal. Planned Response Activities
No further planned response activities by US EPA. Next Steps

  2.3 Logistics Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.4 Finance Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.5 Other Command Staff
    No information available at this time.

3. Participating Entities
  3.1 Unified Command
PRP- Howe Motors
Claremont Fire Department
3.2 Cooperating Agencies

4. Personnel On Site
1 NH DES responder
1 Howe Motors
1 Claremont Fire Department
8 Clean Harbors Contractors


5. Definition of Terms
  No information available at this time.

6. Additional sources of information
  No information available at this time.

7. Situational Reference Materials
  No information available at this time.