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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/R03-86/020
ROD Date:  03/17/1986
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  NONE - NO OBSERVED RELEASE
 
Contaminant:  N/A
 
Abstract:  THE TAYLOR BOROUGH SITE IS LOCATED IN THE BOROUGH OF TAYLOR IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. THE SITE IS AN ABANDONED LANDFILL LOCATED IN A STRIP MINE. UNDERLYING THE SITE IS A SERIES OF UNDERGROUND MINES. 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 STRIP MINES. IN JUNE 1985, A RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) WAS APPROVED FOR THE SITE. THE ROD DEFERRED A DECISION ON GROUND WATER ACTION BECAUSE ANALYTICAL RESULTS FOR GROUND WATER SAMPLES COLLECTED IN APRIL 1985 WERE NOT AVAILABLE. ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION OF SITE GROUND WATER CONDITIONS WAS ALSO NEEDED BECAUSE OF UNUSUAL HYDROGEOLOGIC CONDITIONS. IN THE JUNE 1985 ROD, REFERENCE IS MADE TO A RELEASE OF CONTAMINANTS INTO A COAL SEAM BASED ON THE ANALYSIS OF SAMPLES COLLECTED FROM WELL 3C IN SEPTEMBER 1984. AS NOTED IN THE RI, THE DATA VALIDATION REVIEW FOUND THAT THE REPORTED RESULTS ARE OF QUESTIONABLE ACCURACY.

ADDITIONALLY, THE TWO SUBSEQUENT SAMPLING EFFORTS THAT WERE ATTEMPTED DID NOT IDENTIFY ANY CONTAMINATION. SINCE NO RELEASE OF SITE CONTAMINANTS TO THE GROUND WATER HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED, THERE IS NO NEED FOR GROUND WATER REMEDIAL ACTION AT THIS TIME; HOWEVER, A MONITORING PROGRAM IS WARRANTED TO VERIFY THAT NO RELEASE IS OCCURRING. TO MEET THIS OBJECTIVE, EXISTING MONITORING WELLS IN THE COAL SEAMS UNDERLYING THE SITE (WELLS 1B, 2C, 3C, 4C, 5B, 6A, 7C, 7D, 8B) SHOULD BE MONITORED ON A SEMIANNUAL BASIS FOR ALL PRIORITY POLLUTANT VOLATILE ORGANICS AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE LIST METALS FOR, AT A MINIMUM, FIVE YEARS AFTER THE SURFACE REMEDIAL ACTION IS COMPLETED. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE CURRENT COST TO CONDUCT ONE ROUND OF SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS FOR METALS AND VOLATILES AT THE MONITORING WELLS IDENTIFIED IS $8,000, OR $16,000 FOR SEMIANNUAL MONITORING.
 
Remedy:  SINCE NO RELEASE OF SITE CONTAMINANTS TO THE GROUND WATER HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED, THERE IS NO NEED FOR GROUND WATER REMEDIAL ACTION AT THIS TIME; HOWEVER, A MONITORING PROGRAM IS WARRANTED TO VERIFY OVER TIME THAT NO RELEASE IS OCCURRING. TO MEET THIS OBJECTIVE EXISTING MONITORING WELLS IN THE COAL SEAMS UNDERLYING THE SITE (WELLS 1B, 2C 3C, 4C, 5B, 6A, 7C, 7D, 8B) SHOULD BE MONITORED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS FOR ALL PRIORITY POLLUTANT VOLATILE ORGANICS AND HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE LIST METALS FOR, AT A MINIMUM, FIVE YEARS AFTER THE SURFACE REMEDIAL ACTION REQUIRED BY THE JUNE 28, 1985 RECORD OF DECISION IS COMPLETED. THE NATIONAL CONTINGENCY PLAN WOULD PERMIT THE PERIOD TO BE EXTENDED IF NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH OR THE ENVIRONMENT.
 
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