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DES digging into ground under old New Ipswich service station
The cleanup of contaminated soils at a former Citgo station in New Ipswich is under way. (Nancy Bean Foster/Union Leader Correspondent)
According to Joyce Bledsoe of the department’s Oil Remediation and Compliance Bureau, the contamination beneath the old gas station has existed since 1989 and was caused by a series of leaks from underground tanks over the station’s 60-year history.
There were several attempts to mitigate the soil contamination in order to protect the groundwater, but Bledsoe said that because of the building’s location, it was impossible to remove all the soil. In 2006, soil was taken from the parking area, but that left plenty of contaminated ground untouched.
“The State of New Hampshire wants all of its groundwater to be of drinking water quality,” said Bledsoe.
“We have a lot of these projects, a lot of sites that are contaminated,” said Bledsoe, “and the state Reimbursement Insurance Fund pays for the cleanups.”
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