Contaminated site reopens to clammers in Maine

Posted Dec. 01, 2010, at 8:17 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:55 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former railroad property that was once littered with containers of lubricants, waste oils, pesticides and ether has reopened for recreation and shellfish harvesting in Hancock, Maine.

The property once owned by Maine Central Railroad was sold in 1960 to railroad buff Phillip Sammis, who made a hobby of restoring old railroad cars and equipment. Environmental officials say he left behind an unsecured Quonset-hut style building and deteriorating containers of chemicals.

Crabtree Neck Land Trust acquired the property two years ago and went to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for help. The DEP’s Brownfields Program performed assessments using federal stimulus dollars.