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DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL

Abstract

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/R03-88/041
ROD Date:  06/24/1988
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  DEBRIS
 
Contaminant:  INORGANICS (LEAD), PAHS, PCBS, VOCS
 
Abstract:  THE DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL SITE OCCUPIES APPROXIMATELY 50 ACRES OF LAND IN UNION TOWNSHIP, BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. IT IS ALMOST ENTIRELY WITHIN THE 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER. IN 1941, BERKS ASSOCIATES BEGAN RECYCLING LUBRICATION OIL AT THE SITE; WASTE SOLVENTS WERE RECYCLED IN THE 1950S AND 1960S. WASTES GENERATED FROM THOSE RECYCLING PROCESSES WERE STORED IN ONSITE LAGOONS FROM 1941 UNTIL 1972. IN NOVEMBER 1970, HEAVY RAINS CAUSED THE LAGOONS TO OVERFLOW AND RELEASE 2,000,000 - 3,000,000 GALLONS OF WASTES DOWN THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER. FEDERAL AND STATE ACTIONS WERE INITIATED TO DISPOSE OF THE WASTE MATERIAL REMAINING IN THE LAGOONS. BEFORE THIS ACTION COULD BE CARRIED OUT, HEAVY RAINS FROM A HURRICANE CAUSED THE RIVER TO OVERFLOW ITS BANKS AND INUNDATE THE ENTIRE SITE AREA IN JUNE 1972. AN ESTIMATED 6,000,000 - 8,000,000 GALLONS OF WASTES WERE CARRIED BY FLOODWATERS DOWNSTREAM FOR ABOUT 15 MILES. DURING CLEANUP AFTER THE STORM, THE LAGOONS WERE DRAINED AND BACKFILLED BY EPA. LUBRICATION OIL RECYCLING OPERATIONS CONTINUED AT THE SITE UNTIL 1979 WHEN THE OPERATOR DETERMINED OPERATIONAL CORRECTION MANDATED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES (PADER) WERE COST PROHIBITIVE. OPERATIONS THEN TURNED TO THE PRACTICE OF REFINING WASTE OILS FOR USE AS FUEL IN INDUSTRIAL BOILERS. BEGINNING IN 1979, OILY WASTE SLUDGE FROM THE NEW RECYCLING PROCESS WAS LANDFARMED ONSITE. THIS PRACTICE WAS HALTED IN 1981 WHEN PADER MANDATED OPERATIONAL CORRECTIONS TO THE LANDFARMING PRACTICES. IN LATE 1985, ALL OIL RECYCLING OPERATIONS AT THE FACILITY WERE COMPLETELY DISCONTINUED. THIS OPERABLE UNIT ADDRESSES THE 3-4 ACRE AREA IN THE SOUTHERN MOST PORTION OF THE SITE AND IS HYDRAULICALLY UPGRADIENT OF THE REST OF THE SITE. THE AREA CONSISTS OF A CONCRETE BUILDING, PROCESS EQUIPMENT, PIPING, AND AT LEAST 57 PROCESS TANKS. THE TANKS ARE CONSTRUCTED OF WOOD, CONCRETE, OR STEEL AND RANGE IN SIZE FROM 3,000 GALLONS TO 600,000 GALLONS. APPROXIMATELY 200,000 GALLONS OF PCB AND LEAD CONTAMINATED OIL AND WASTE SLUDGES REMAIN IN THE TANKS. THE BUILDINGS, TANKS, TANK WASTES, AND PROCESSING EQUIPMENT ARE IMPEDIMENTS TO ANY FUTURE SOIL AND GROUND WATER REMEDIATION, AND ARE A SOURCE OF CONTINUING CONTAMINATION OF THESE MEDIA. THE PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN INCLUDE; VOCS, PCBS, PAHS, AND LEAD.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE INCLUDES; REMOVAL OF LIQUID AND SLUDGE TANK WASTE WITH TRANSPORTATION TO AN OFFSITE INCINERATION FACILITY; DECONTAMINATION OF TANKS, PIPING, PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, AND BUILDING MATERIALS; OFFSITE DISPOSAL OF BUILDING RUBBLE, SELLING OF TANKS AND OTHER METAL MATERIALS AS SCRAP; OFFSITE DISPOSAL OF CONCRETE, ASPHALT, AND OTHER MATERIALS; AND TREATMENT OF GENERATED DECONTAMINATION FLUIDS, AS APPROPRIATE. THE ESTIMATED CAPITAL COST FOR THIS REMEDIAL ACTION IS $4,050,000. NO O&M WILL BE INCURRED.
 
Remedy:  THIS IS AN OPERABLE UNIT IN THE PROCESS OF REMEDIATION OF THE DOUGLASSVILLE DISPOSAL SITE. OTHER REMEDIAL ACTIONS WILL BE DELINEATED IN FUTURE RECORDS OF DECISION.

THE SELECTED SITE REMEDY DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO MEET COMPLIANCE WITH ALL APPLICABLE OR RELEVANT AND APPROPRIATE REQUIREMENTS (ARARS) WHICH WOULD BE PERTINENT TO A FINAL REMEDY FOR THE SITE. HOWEVER, THIS REMEDY WILL BE CONSISTENT, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, WITH THOSE ARARS WHICH ARE PERTINENT TO THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIS OPERABLE UNIT.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION CONSISTS OF;

1. REMOVAL OF THE LIQUIDS AND SLUDGES REMAINING IN THE TANKS OF THE FORMER PROCESSING FACILITY.
2. REMOVAL OF LIQUIDS AND SLUDGES FROM INCIDENTAL TANKS AND TRUCKS ON OTHER PORTIONS OF THE FACILITY.
3. TRANSPORTING THESE LIQUIDS AND SLUDGES TO AN OFFSITE FACILITY FOR INCINERATION.
4. DECONTAMINATION OF TANKS, PIPING, AND STRUCTURES.
5. DISMANTLEMENT OF THE ENTIRE FORMER PROCESSING FACILITY.
6. DISPOSAL OF THE UNCONTAMINATED TANKS BY SALE AS SCRAP.
7. DISPOSAL OF THE UNCONTAMINATED RUBBLE IN AN OFFSITE DISPOSAL FACILITY.
8. DISPOSAL OF RUBBLE WHICH CANNOT BE SATISFACTORILY DECONTAMINATED IN AN OFFSITE PERMITTED HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY.
 
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