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DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL

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Site Name:  DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL
Address:  RTE 724 
City & State:  DOUGLASSVILLE  PA  19518
County:  BERKS
 
EPA ID:  PAD002384865
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-85/016
ROD Date:  09/27/1985
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  GROUNDWATER SEDIMENT SOILS SURFACE WATER
 
Contaminant:  ACIDS, ARSENIC, CHROMIUM, INORGANICS, PAHS, PCBS, PESTICIDES, PHENOL, VOCS
 
Abstract:  THE DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL SITE OCCUPIES APPROXIMATELY 50 ACRES OF LAND ALONG THE SOUTHERN BANK OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER IN SOUTHEASTERN BERKS COUNTY, UNION TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA. SITE OPERATIONS INCLUDED LUBRICATING OIL RECYCLING IN 1941 AND WASTE SOLVENTS RECYCLING IN THE 1950'S AND 1960'S. WASTES GENERATED FROM THESE OPERATIONS WERE STORED IN SEVERAL LAGOONS LOCATED IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE SITE UNTIL 1972. IN NOVEMBER 1970, TEN DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN CAUSED THE LAGOONS TO OVERFLOW AND BREACH SAFETY DIKES RELEASING 2-3 MILLION GALLONS OF WASTES. THE DIKES WERE REPAIRED AND A FEDERAL DECREE WAS ISSUED STATING THAT NO MORE WASTE MATERIAL WAS TO BE STORED IN THE LAGOONS. ACTIONS WERE ALSO INITIATED TO DISPOSE OF REMAINING WASTE MATERIALS. BEFORE THIS ACTION COULD BE CARRIED OUT, TROPICAL STORM AGNES CAUSED THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TO OVERFLOW ITS BANKS AND INUNDATE THE ENTIRE SITE. AN ESTIMATED 6 TO 8 MILLION GALLONS OF WASTES WERE RELEASED AND CARRIED DOWNSTREAM BY FLOODWATERS FOR ABOUT 15 MILES. OIL RECYCLING OPERATIONS CONTINUED UNTIL 1979 WHEN CORRECTIONS MANDATED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES (PADER) BECAME COST-PROHIBITIVE. THE SITE OPERATORS THEN TURNED TO REFINING WASTE OILS FOR USE AS FUEL IN INDUSTRIAL BOILERS, AND OILY WASTE SLUDGE FROM THIS NEW RECYCLING PROCESS WAS LANDFARMED IN THE AREA OF THE OLD WESTERN LAGOON. PADER HALTED THIS PRACTICE IN 1981, AND MANDATED OPERATIONAL CORRECTIONS TO THE LANDFARM CONFIGURATION.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE INCLUDES; REMOVAL AND CONSOLIDATION IN THE FACILITY SLUDGE DISPOSAL AREA, OF CONTAMINATED SOILS AND SEDIMENTS FROM THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT DRAINAGE DITCH, DRAINAGE SWALE, BURIED LAGOON AND DRUM DISPOSAL AREA TO A DEPTH TO BE DETERMINED IN THE PRE-DESIGN STUDY; CAPPING OF THE FORMER SLUDGE LAGOON AREA AND THE FACILITY SLUDGE DISPOSAL AREA IN ACCORDANCE WITH RCRA STANDARDS; INSTALLATION OF LEVEES AND DIKES TO PROTECT THE SITE FROM THE 100-YEAR FLOOD IN COMPLIANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER 11988; A PRE-DESIGN STUDY OF THE CONTAMINATED SOILS TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE AREAS TO BE CAPPED AND THE EXTENT OF SOILS TO BE EXCAVATED FROM THE DRAINAGE DITCH AREAS. TOTAL CAPITAL COST FOR THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ALTERNATIVE IS ESTIMATED TO BE $5,569,500 WITH O&M COSTS APPROXIMATELY $196,000 PER YEAR. GROUND WATER PUMPING AND TREATING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE SLURRY WALL ARE BEING DEFERRED UNTIL A SUPPLEMENTAL RI/FS IS COMPLETED.
 
Remedy:  - REMOVAL AND CONSOLIDATION OF CONTAMINATED SOILS AND SEDIMENTS FROM THE WASTE WATER TREATMENT DRAINAGE DITCH, DRAINAGE SWALE, BURIED LAGOON AND DRUM DISPOSAL AREA TO A VOLUME TO BE DETERMINED IN A PRE-DESIGN STUDY. THE MATERIALS WILL BE CONSOLIDATED IN THE FACILITY SLUDGE DISPOSAL AREA AND WILL BE CAPPED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT (RCRA) STANDARDS.
- INSTALLATION OF AN IMPERMEABLE CAP WHICH COMPLIES WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF RCRA 40 C.F.R. SS264.228(A)(2) ON THE FORMER SLUDGE LAGOON AREA AND THE FACILITY SLUDGE DISPOSAL AREA.
- INSTALLATION OF LEVEES AND DIKES TO PROTECT THE SITE FROM THE 100 YEAR FLOOD EVENT IN COMPLIANCE WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER 11988.
- PRE-DESIGN STUDY OF SOILS AT THE SITE TO DETERMINE THE EXACT EXTENT OF THE AREAS TO BE CAPPED AND THE EXTENT OF SOILS TO BE EXCAVATED FROM THE DRAINAGE DITCH AREAS.
 
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