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Distribution of Volatile Organic Compounds in Sediments near Sutton Brook Disposal Area, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, May 2001

Open-File Report 02-138

By Peter E. Church, Forest P. Lyford, and Scott Clifford

ABSTRACT

Ground water at the Sutton Brook Disposal Area, a former municipal landfill in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, located adjacent to Sutton Brook, a tributary of the Shawsheen River, is contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Results from the use of passive-vapor-diffusion samplers show vapor concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons as high as 500,000 parts per billion by volume in pore waters of streambed sediments along an approximate 2,000-foot reach of Sutton Brook where it flows between lobes of the former landfill. Petroleum hydrocarbons were also detected in the sediments on the eastern shore of Quarry Pond, which is south of the southern landfill lobe, with a maximum vapor concentration near 2,000 parts per billion by volume. Vapor concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons in the sediments of Sutton Brook vary by two to three orders-of-magitude over distances of 50 to 100 feet. Chlorinated hydrocarbons also were detected with passive-vapor-diffusion samplers, but generally at locations downstream of where petroleum hydrocarbons were detected, and mostly at vapor concentrations of less than 100 parts per billion by volume.

CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
Data-Collection Methods
Distribution of Volatile Organic Compounds
References Cited

FIGURES

1, 2. Maps showing:

1. Location of study area, Sutton Brook Disposal Area, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
2. Data-collection sites and the distribution of petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbons detected
with passive-vapor-diffusion samplers in sediments near the Sutton Brook Disposal Area,
May 2001

TABLES

1. Target compounds and reporting limits for passive-vapor-diffusion samples and surface-water samples
from the Sutton Brook Disposal Area, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, May 2001
2. Volatile organic compounds detected in surface-water samples from Sutton Brook, tributaries, and wetland,
Sutton Brook Disposal Area
3. Comparison of volatile organic compound concentrations from original and duplicate passive-vapordiffusion
samples in which a volatile organic compound was detected above the reporting limit in both
samples, Sutton Brook Disposal Area
4. Volatile organic compounds detected in passive-vapor-diffusion samples in sediments near the Sutton
Brook Disposal Area

 


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