Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites in Maine - Leeds Metal

auto shredder fluff pile at Leeds Metal site

Auto Shredder Fluff Piles at Leeds Metal Site, Maine

Formerly a scrap metal recycling facility, this site is located in a rural area serviced by individual water supply wells. Contaminants from remaining auto shredder waste piles have leached into the soil and groundwater and are threatening these wells. Physical and chemical hazards at the site are also a risk because of unrestricted access. Cleanup activities are underway through a State/Federal team approach to quickly and efficiently tackle the large-scale problems found at Leeds Metal.

Site History

Former site of a scrap metal recycling facility.

  • Cars and other metal objects were processed in an auto shredder.
  • Ferrous (iron-based) material was loaded on rail cars for recycling off site.
  • Non-ferrous materials remain on site in large piles of auto shredder waste, also called “fluff”, containing PCBs, metals, and solvents.
  • Most site activity 1969-1984.
  • Active metal shredding ended 1980 just prior to implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which was aimed at preventing these types of releases at Hazardous Waste Facilities.
  • Solvents have leached into the ground contaminating site soil and the underlying groundwater.

Cleanup activities

  • EPA Preliminary Assessment found the site poses a risk from direct contact with the waste auto shredder fluff.
  • Install a perimeter fence to limit access, and hot-spot removal in two areas.
  • MEDEP installed water treatment filters on drinking water supplies that are impacted or at risk of impact
  • The site is undergoing investigation and remediation under both the State Uncontrolled Sites Program (area drinking water investigation and remediation) and under the Federal Superfund Program (site groundwater, surface water, and surficial/subsurface soil, and waste pile investigation).

DEP Reports

Leeds Metal, Uncontrolled Sites Program information sheet, April 2011 (PDF 42KB)

DEP Designation of the Leeds Metal Site as an Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Site, September 28, 2000 (PDF 542KB)

DEP Leeds Metal Public Meeting PowerPoint Slides, April 26, 2011 (PDF 137KB)

EPA Reports

EPA Removal Program, June 2009 Preliminary Assessment & Site Investigation Report for the Leeds Metal Site, Leeds Androscoggin County, Maine, February, 2010 (PDF 23.3MB)

EPA Pre-Remedial Program, Draft Site Inspection Report for the Leeds Metal Site, Leeds, Maine April 6, 2011 (PDF 12.6MB)

EPA Removal Final Trip Report-Leeds Metal Site Inspection, March 18, 2011 (PDF 6.2MB)

Historic Aerial Photo of Site Operations with Overlay of Waste Source Locations, April 2011 3.0MB)

Historic Aerial Photo of Site Operations with Overlay of Sample Locations for Site Inspection, April 2011 (PDF 3.3MB)

Figure of Waste Locations and Sample Numbers for Site Inspection, July 2010 (PDF 604KB)

EPA Site Assessment and NPL Listing PowerPoint slides, April 26, 2010 Public Meeting PDF 1.8MB)

Additional Links

Maine Department of Health and Human Services - well water and childhood lead information (Off-Site)

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry - effects on public health from hazardous substances in the environment (Off-Site)

More information on the Project File, Data, Maps and Documents

A review of the Leeds Metal project files, data, maps and business documents can be arranged through the Bureau of Remediation File Room.

For more information on the Leeds Metal Site:

Becky Blais, Project Manager
Maine DEP
Phone: 207-446-2564

For more information on the USEPA Site Assessment and Superfund Listing Process:

Meghan Cassidy, Chief-Superfund Technical and Enforcement Support, Office of Site Remediation and Restoration
U.S.EPA Region I
Phone: 617-918-1387

Nancy Smith, Site Assessment Manager, Office of Site Remediation and Restoration
U.S.EPA Region I
Phone: 617-918-1436

For more information on the Uncontrolled Sites Program in Maine

David Wright, Director of Remediation
Maine DEP
Phone: 207-446-4366