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ALADDIN PLATING

Abstract

Site Name:  ALADDIN PLATING
Address:  1 LAYTON RD 
City & State:  SCOTT TOWNSHIP  PA  18411
County:  LACKAWANNA
 
EPA ID:  PAD075993378
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-88/062
ROD Date:  09/27/1988
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Groundwater, Soil
 
Contaminant:  ARSENIC, CHROMIUM, LEAD
 
Abstract:  THE TWO-ACRE ALADDIN PLATING SITE IS A FORMER ELECTROPLATING FACILITY LOCATED IN SCOTT AND ABINGTON TOWNSHIPS, LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILES NORTH OF THE TOWN OF CHINCHILLA. THE AREA SURROUNDING THE SITE IS WOODED, WITH 4 RESIDENCES WITHIN 100 YARDS AND ABOUT 120 PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN A 0.25 MILE RADIUS. APPROXIMATELY 11,000 PEOPLE WITHIN 3 MILES OF THE SITE USE DOMESTIC AND PUBLIC GROUND WATER WELLS FOR DRINKING WATER. SITE RUNOFF FLOWS NORTHWEST TOWARD LEGGETTS CREEK, A PRINCIPAL TRIBUTARY OF GRIFFIN POND RESERVOIR. LEGGETTS CREEK AND GRIFFIN POND ARE SOURCES OF SUPPLEMENTAL DRINKING WATER FOR MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE. THE NEAREST RESIDENTIAL WELL IS LESS THAN 1,500 FEET FROM THE SITE. ALADDIN PLATING CONDUCTED ELECTROPLATING OPERATIONS FROM 1947 TO 1982. HAZARDOUS MATERIALS USED IN OPERATIONS INCLUDE SULFURIC ACID, CHROMIC ACID, CYANIDE, CHROMIUM, AND OTHER HEAVY METALS. FOR 35 YEARS, ELECTROPLATING WASTE EFFLUENTS CONTAINING HEAVY METALS AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS WERE DISCHARGED VIA A DITCH AND UNDERGROUND PIPES TO A SHALLOW SURFACE LAGOON NEAR THE ELECTROPLATING BUILDING. A FIRE DESTROYED THE FACILITY AND ENDED OPERATIONS IN 1982. THREE SOURCE AREAS OF CONTAMINATION HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED: THE SITE OF THE FORMER PLATING FACILITY BUILDING, A BURIED TRENCH (PRESUMABLY THE BUILDING'S FLOOR DRAIN), AND THE LAGOON. IN 1983, CHROMIUM WAS DETECTED IN ONSITE SOILS. SUBSEQUENT TESTING BY EPA IN 1984 ALSO IDENTIFIED LEAD AND CYANIDE IN ONSITE SOILS. IN ADDITION, GROUND WATER SAMPLES FROM ONSITE MONITORING WELLS SHOWED SIGNIFICANT LEVELS OF ARSENIC, CADMIUM, CHROMIUM, AND LEAD; ALL EXCEEDED THEIR RESPECTIVE MCLS. IN MARCH 1987, EPA PERFORMED EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTIVITIES TO REMOVE SIGNIFICANT IMMEDIATE HEALTH THREATS. THESE RESPONSES INCLUDED FENCING CONTAMINATED ZONES AND REMOVING DRUMS AND VATS CONTAINING HAZARDOUS WASTES. THIS RESPONSE ACTION ADDRESSES ONLY THE REMEDIATION OF THE CONTAMINATED SOIL ONSITE. THE GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION WILL BE ADDRESSED IN A SUBSEQUENT REMEDIAL ACTION. THE PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AFFECTING THE SOIL AND GROUND WATER ARE ARSENIC, CHROMIUM, AND LEAD.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE INCLUDES: EXCAVATION AND OFFSITE STABILIZATION OF APPROXIMATELY 12,000 YD(3) OF CONTAMINATED SOIL, WITH DISPOSAL OF THE TREATED SOIL IN AN OFFSITE LANDFILL AND REPLACEMENT OF THE EXCAVATED SOIL WITH CLEAN FILL. THE ESTIMATED PRESENT WORTH COST FOR THIS REMEDIAL ACTION IS $4,461,000 WITH NO ASSOCIATED O&M COSTS.
 
Remedy:  THIS INITIAL OPERABLE UNIT ADDRESSES THE SOURCE OF THE CONTAMINATION BY REMEDIATION OF THE ON-SITE CONTAMINATED SOILS. THE REMEDY ADDRESSES THE PRINCIPAL THREATS AT THE SITE BY REMOVING THE ALADDIN PROPERTY AS A SOURCE OF FUTURE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AND REDUCING THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO THE CONTAMINATED MATERIALS.

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE SELECTED SOURCE CONTROL REMEDY INCLUDE:

- EXCAVATION AND OFF-SITE TREATMENT, VIA STABILIZATION, OF APPROXIMATELY 12,000 CUBIC YARDS OF CONTAMINATED SOIL.
- DISPOSAL OF THE TREATED SOILS IN AN APPROPRIATE OFF- SITE LANDFILL.

A SUPPLEMENTAL REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION AND FEASIBILITY STUDY WILL BE PREPARED TO IDENTIFY THE EXTENT OF, AND FUTURE POTENTIAL FOR, GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AND TO DEVELOP AND EVALUATE APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL ALTERNATIVES.
 
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