Salem, NH


Salem, NH

The City of Salem is home to an estimated 28,951 residents, and it’s located in Rockingham County, NH.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Salem and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Rockingham County, NH?
  • How clean is the air in Rockingham County, NH?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Rockingham County, NH?
  • Is the water in Rockingham County, NH safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Salem, NH

There are eight Superfund sites in Rockingham County, NH. Superfund sites, like Beede Waste Oil in Plaistow, NH, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Salem, NH area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

33015

A. Beede Waste Oil (HRS Score: 71)

The Beede Waste Oil site, home to a waste oil storage and recycling facility from the 1920s until 1994, is located in Plaistow, NH.

Contaminants found at the Beede Waste Oil site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
33015

B. Keefe Environmental Services (KES) (HRS Score: 65)

The Keefe Environmental Services (KES) site, a chemical waste storage facility from 1978 until 1981, is located in Epping, NH.

Contaminants found at the Keefe Environmental Services (KES) site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Chromium
  • Cyanide
  • Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride)
33015

C. Ottati & Goss/Kingston Steel Drum (HRS Score: 53)

The Ottati & Goss/Kingston Steel Drum site, where industrial drum reconditioning and hazardous waste processing occurred, is located in Kingston, NH.

Contaminants found at the Ottati & Goss/Kingston Steel Drum site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cyanide
  • Iron
  • Lead
33015

D. Tinkham Garage (HRS Score: 43)

The Tinkham Garage site, where waste from septic tank trucks was disposed of improperly in 1978 and 1979, is located in Londonderry, NH.

Contaminants found at the Tinkham Garage site include:

  • Benzene
  • Chloroform
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane
  • Chloroethene (Vinyl Chloride)
33015

E. Mottolo Pig Farm (HRS Score: 41)

The Mottolo Pig Farm site, used for the disposal of over 1,600 containers of wastes from 1975 to 1979, is located in Raymond, NH.

Contaminants found at the Mottolo Pig Farm site include:

  • Arsenic
  • 1,1-Dichloroethane
  • Trichloroethene
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
33015

F. Pease Air Force Base (HRS Score: 39)

The Pease Air Force Base site, officially closed in April 1991, is located in Portsmouth/Newington, NH.

Contaminants found at the Pease Air Force Base site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
33015

G. Auburn Road Landfill (HRS Score: 36)

The Auburn Road Landfill site is located in Londonderry, NH.

Contaminants found at the Auburn Road Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Toluene
33015

H. Coakley Landfill (HRS Score: 29)

The Coakley Landfill site is located in North Hampton, NH.

Contaminants found at the Coakley Landfill site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium

Air Quality in the Salem, NH Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Rockingham County, NH as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Radon Levels in Salem, NH Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

Indoor radon readings in Rockingham County, NH are expected to average from 2 to 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 2.

EPA Radon Zone

According to the EPA, you should consider acting to reduce your home's radon level if it measures between 2 and 4 pCi/L, so if you're contemplating buying a home in Salem, NH, you should have a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Salem, NH Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Rockingham County, NH water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
33015183 Solrac 5ArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
3301526 Chandler Ave CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
3301526 Chandler Ave CondosCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Aberdeen/WestArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Ackerman Retirement ParkArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Balmoral CondosThallium, TotalHair loss; changes in blood; kidney, intestine, or liver problems 
33015Barkland AcresArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Boumil Grove CondosCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Boumil Grove CondosGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015BurnhavenArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Camelot IIIArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Camelot IIITTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Chandler TerraceCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Chandler TerraceGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Chisholm FarmArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Cotton Farms MHPArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Country Lane ManorCombined UraniumIncreased risk of cancer, kidney toxicity 
33015Epping Water And Sewer DeptArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Evans Trailer ParkArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Exeter River Mobile Home ParkDi(2-Ethylhexyl) PhthalateReproductive difficulties; liver problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Exeter Water DeptArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Exeter Water DeptTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Forest Glen CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Golden HillCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Governors GreenArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Great Bay Water SystemCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Great Bay Water SystemGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Hampstead Area WaterArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Hampstead Area WaterCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Lamington HillArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Lancaster FarmsArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Lancaster FarmsCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Lancaster FarmsCombined UraniumIncreased risk of cancer, kidney toxicity 
33015Lancaster FarmsGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Mill Pond CrossingCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Montrose CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Muirfield ClusterAntimony, TotalIncrease in blood cholesterol; decrease in blood sugar
33015Muirfield ClusterArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015New Castle Water WorksTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Newfields Vlg Water And SewerArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Oakridge CondosCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Old Coach VillageArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Olde Country VillageCombined UraniumIncreased risk of cancer, kidney toxicity 
33015Packer MeadowsArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Peu/Castle ReachArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Plumer CourtArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Portsmouth Water WorksTotal Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Portsmouth Water WorksTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Rock Rimmon CooperativeArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Rock Rimmon CooperativeCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Rock Rimmon CooperativeGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Salem Water DeptTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Salt River CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Seabrook Water DeptArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Shadow Lake Mobile Home ParkCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Shadow Lake Mobile Home ParkGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Shady Lane ApartmentsGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Sherburn WoodsDi(2-Ethylhexyl) PhthalateReproductive difficulties; liver problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Stonehenge ApartmentsCombined UraniumIncreased risk of cancer, kidney toxicity 
33015Strawberry HillArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Sweet Hill EstatesArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Thornhill CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Tower ViewArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015VineyardsArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015VineyardsTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
33015Wade Farm CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Wagon WheelCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
33015Wagon WheelCombined UraniumIncreased risk of cancer, kidney toxicity 
33015Wagon WheelGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
33015Westview Park CondosArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Wiggin Farm WinterberryArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
33015Willow Grove Trailer ParkArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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