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C & D RECYCLING

Abstract

Site Name:  C & D RECYCLING
Address:  R.D. #1 - SANDY RUN 
City & State:  FOSTER TOWNSHIP  PA  18224
County:  LUZERNE
 
EPA ID:  PAD021449244
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-92/154
ROD Date:  09/30/1992
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Soil, Sediment, Debris.
 
Contaminant:  Metals.
 
Abstract:  SITE HISTORY/DESCRIPTION: The 110-acre C&D Recycling site is a former metals recycling facility located along Brickyard Road in Foster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Land use in the area is predominantly agricultural and residential, with fields and wooded areas to the west and north of the site and a residential development located northeast of the site. Mill Hopper Creek, a small stream, is located on the property and flows into a man-made pond to the south of the site. Ground water underlying the property is used for drinking water purposes. From 1963 to 1978, Lurgan Corporation operated a metals reclamation business, which recovered copper and/or lead from cable or scrap metal transported to the site. Five onsite furnaces were used to burn and process the cable, and these activities resulted in extensive contamination of the surrounding soil and sediment. Based on site documentation and reports by local residents, burning alsotook place in onsite pits. Lurgan Corporation drawings indicate that water used in the metals processing area was collected in a trench drain and directed to a leach pit (dry well). In 1979, the business was conveyed to C&D Recycling, who continued to operate the facility until 1984, when operations ceased. In 1984, the state collected soil and ash samples, which identified elevated levels of both lead and copper. In 1985, the state and C&D Recycling arranged for the excavation and offsite recycling of 134,200 pounds of lead-contaminated ash and soil at a lead refining center. In 1987, EPA required AT&T Nassau Metals Corporation, a potentially responsible party, to consolidate and cover piles of ash onsite and to construct sedimentation and erosion controls to minimize soil migration from the site in surface water runoff. Two underground storage tanks were also removed, decontaminated, and disposed. This ROD addresses a final remedy for the onsite contaminated soil, sediment, and debris. The primary contaminants of concern affecting the soil, sediment, and debris are metals, including arsenic, chromium, and lead. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS OR GOALS: Chemical-specific soil excavation goals and debris decontamination goals are based on health-risk levels and include lead 500 mg/kg; copper 3,300 mg/kg; antimony 35 mg/kg. Excavation goals for sediment include lead 500 mg/kg; copper 2,900 mg/kg; antimony 35 -mg/kg. All soil, sediment, and ash will be stabilized to below RCRA TCLP levels prior to disposal. Building surfaces will be decontaminated to the following: lead 50 ug/m[3]; copper 1,000 ug/m[3]; and antimony 500 ug/m[3]. INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS: Institutional controls in the form of deed restrictions will be implemented for buildings and structures that were constructed prior to 1963 and are not dismantled and decontaminated, as well as the soil beneath them that is left in place, to ensure public knowledge of the location of contaminated materials and prevent land use.
 
Remedy:  SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION: The selected remedial action for this site includes excavating and stabilizing onsite 20,565 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment with lead levels greater than 500 mg/kg, along with the onsite ash, followed by disposal in an offsite landfill; decontaminating and/or demolishing contaminated buildings and structures with offsite disposal or decontamination and recycling of dismantled material and equipment; conducting post-excavation/removal sampling to confirm that clean-up levels are met; removing any casings and wire foroffsite disposal or recycling; abandoning wells that serve no useful long- term purpose; grading and revegetating excavated areas; monitoring air, ground water, and surface water; and implementing institutional controls, including deed restrictions. If, within 180 days of the issuance of this ROD, EPA receives information that indicates an onsite containment cell may be designed and constructed, then the stabilized and decontaminated materials may be disposed of onsite. The estimated present worth cost for this remedial action is $11,985,717, which includes an annual O&M cost of $25,390.
 
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