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TAYLOR BOROUGH DUMP

Abstract

Site Name:  TAYLOR BOROUGH DUMP
Address:  PRINCE STREET 
City & State:  TAYLOR BOROUGH  PA  18517
County:  LACKAWANNA
 
EPA ID:  PAD980693907
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-85/013
ROD Date:  06/28/1985
Operable Unit(s):  00
 
Media:  AIR SOIL SURFACE WATER
 
Contaminant:  BENZENE, CHLOROFORM, OTHER ORGANIC CHEMICALS, PHTHALATE ACID ESTERS, POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS, TOLUENE, TRICHLOROETHYLENE
 
Abstract:  THE TAYLOR BOROUGH SITE IS LOCATED AT THE TOE OF BALD MOUNTAIN, APPROXIMATELY THREE MILES SOUTH OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON. THE POPULATION WITHIN A ONE MILE RADIUS OF THE SITE IS ESTIMATED TO BE 1,007 PERSONS WITH APPROXIMATELY 265 RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS. THE SITE IS SITUATED WITHIN A TRACT OF LAND THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY COAL MINED AND LEFT UNRECLAIMED WITH NUMEROUS OPEN AND SURFACE MINE SPOIL PITS. SUBSEQUENT TO THE MINING ACTIVITIES, UNRECLAIMED PORTIONS OF THE 125-ACRE SITE WERE USED FOR A MUNICIPAL LANDFILL OPERATION BY THE CITY OF SCRANTON. MUNICIPAL WASTE WAS DISPOSED IN THE PITS AND THE MINE SPOIL MATERIAL WAS USED AS A COVER MATERIAL. AS A RESULT OF THE LANDFILL OPERATION, WHICH CEASED IN 1968, THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE SITE CONSISTS OF RELATIVELY ROLLING TERRAIN BETWEEN STEEP SLOPES OF MINE SPOIL PILES AND UNRECLAIMED PITS. IN ADDITION, AFTER THE LANDFILL OPERATION CEASED, DRUMMED INDUSTRIAL WASTES WERE FOUND ON THE SURFACE OF THE SITE.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION INCLUDES; REMOVAL AND OFF-SITE DISPOSAL OF APPROXIMATELY 125 CRUSHED AND INTACT DRUMS AND REMNANTS TO A QUALIFYING RCRA FACILITY; COLLECTION AND TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED SURFACE WATER; EXCAVATION OF CONTAMINATED SOILS AND WASTES FROM THE FORMER DRUM STORAGE AREAS FOR OFF-SITE DISPOSAL TO A QUALIFIED RCRA FACILITY; PROPER BACKFILLING AND PLACEMENT OF A 24-INCH SOIL COVER OVER THE FORMER DRUM STORAGE AREAS AND INSTALLATION OF A CHAIN LINK FENCE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF BOTH SOIL COVERED AREAS. TOTAL CAPITAL COST IS ESTIMATED TO BE $4,237,000.
 
Remedy:  - REMOVAL AND OFF-SITE DISPOSAL TO A QUALIFYING FACILITY UNDER THE RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY ACT (RCRA) 40 CFR PART 264, SUBPART N OF APPROXIMATELY 125 CRUSHED AND INTACT DRUMS AND REMNANTS REMAINING ON THE SURFACE OR PARTIALLY BURIED.
- COLLECTION AND TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATED SURFACE WATER ON PONDS 1 AND 2.
- EXCAVATION OF CONTAMINATED SOILS AND WASTES FROM FORMER DRUM STORAGE AREAS NOS. 1 AND 2 AND SEDIMENTS IN PONDS NOS. 1 AND 2 FOR OFF-SITE DISPOSAL TO A QUALIFIED RCRA FACILITY.
- PROPER BACKFILLING AND PLACEMENT OF A 24 INCH SOIL COVER OVER; (A) FORMER DRUM STORAGE AREAS 3 AND 6 AND THE ENTIRE AREA IN BETWEEN, AND (B) FORMER DRUM STORAGE AREA 4. INSTALLATION OF A CHAIN LINK FENCE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF BOTH SOIL COVERED AREAS.
 
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