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City & State:  HOMETOWN  PA  18252
EPA ID:  PAD980830533
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-92/152
ROD Date:  07/21/1992
Operable Unit(s):  03
Media:  Debris
Contaminant:  Organics, Metals
Abstract:  SITE HISTORY/DESCRIPTION: The 25-acre Eastern Diversified Metals site is a former metal processing plant located in a sparsely populated area in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Land use in the area is predominantly open land with mixed residential, commercial, and industrial use. From 1966 to 1977, Eastern Diversified Metals operated a processing plant that reclaimed copper and aluminum from wire and cable. An estimated 150 million pounds of waste insulation material, or fluff, was disposed onsite in a swale behind the plant. This fluff, which contains polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene insulation chips, fibrous material, paper, soil, and metals, is contained in a 7.5acre pile onsite. In 1971, in response to an application for an industrial landfill permit, a state inspection revealed leachate from the waste pile flowing to the Little Schuylkill River. In 1974, a leachate collection and treatment system was installed onsite. In 1979 and 1980, residents complained of odors and expressed health concerns over conditions at the site. In 1985, an investigation detected PCBs and lead in the waste pile and metalsin a downgradient monitoring well. In 1987, a security fence was installed around the property. A previous ROD addressed areas of fluff, soil, sediment, and ground water contaminated with PCBs, dioxin, and metals. This ROD addresses a final remedy for the remainder of the fluff onsite. Future RODs will address soil contamination following analysis of soil samples taken as part of this remedy and deep ground water contamination. The primary contaminants of concern for leaching from the fluff are organics, including dioxin and PCBs; and metals, including lead. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS OR GOALS: There are no specific performance standards for any of the contaminants. The recycling products and the residuals will be tested for RCRA hazardous waste characteristics prior to use of the product or disposal of nonrecyclable residuals. INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS: Not provided.
Remedy:  SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION: The selected remedial action for this site includes onsite recycling of fluff into one of two forms-a "Final Product" that requires no further offsite processing, or a "Non-Final Product," such as plastic pellets, which will undergo further offsite processing; testing recycling residuals for RCRA hazardous waste characteristics, with offsite disposal of non-RCRA wastes and onsite treatment of RCRA wastes using a technology to be determined based on a treatability study; disposing of the treated wastes offsite; testing soil underlying the fluff; and implementing erosion and sedimentation controls. The estimated total present worth cost for this remedial action ranges from $13,100,000 to $21,900,000, which includes a total O&M cost of $6,900,000.
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