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EASTERN DIVERSIFIED METALS

Abstract

Site Name:  EASTERN DIVERSIFIED METALS
Address:  LINCOLN AVENUE 
City & State:  HOMETOWN  PA  18252
County:  SCHUYLKILL
 
EPA ID:  PAD980830533
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-93/169
ROD Date:  09/29/1993
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  None
 
Contaminant:  None
 
Abstract:  The 25-acre Eastern Diversified Metals site is a former metal processing facility in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Land use in the area is predominantly open land, with mixed residential, commercial, and industrial uses. A small tributary flows westerly along the southern border of the site in the valley bottom, discharging to the Little Schuylkill River approximately 250 feet west of the site. From 1966 to 1977, Eastern Diversified Metals (EDM) operated a processing plant onsite that reclaimed copper and aluminum from wire and cable. An estimated 350 million pounds of waste insulation material, or fluff, were disposed of onsite in a 7.5-acre pile. The fluff is composed of primarily polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene insulation chips, fibrous material, paper, soil, and metals. In 1971, a State inspection revealed leachate from the waste pile flowing into the Little Schuylkill River, and subsequently 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, a site investigation detected PCBs and lead in the waste pile and metals in a downgradient monitoring well. In 1987, a security fence was installed around the property. A 1991 ROD addressed a final remedy for excavating and incinerating soil and fluff contaminated with dioxins and PCBs, as OU1, and an interim remedy for enhancing or constructing a ground water collection and treatment system, as OU2. A 1992 ROD addressed the remainder of the fluff pile using recycling, as OU3. In 1993, all debris piles, which included approximately 6,500 yd[3] of soil, unchopped wire, wood, scrap metal, and fluff were removed offsite for disposal. This ROD addresses a final remedy for the deep ground watercontamination at the site, as OU2. Manganese was found to be the only site- related ground water contaminant, but was not present at significant concentrations. EPA has determined that no current or future exposure to contaminated ground water is likely since the contamination occurs under State game lands; therefore there are no primary contaminants of concern affecting this site. SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION: The selected remedial action for this site is no further action because previous removal and remedial actions were adequate to protect human health and the environment. There are no present worth or O&M costs associated with this no action remedy. PERFORMANCE STANDARDS OR GOALS: Not applicable. INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS: Not applicable.
 
Remedy:  The response action selected consists of no remedial action. Ground water monitoring will not be performed since the contamination occurs under State Game Lands and there currently are no downgradient wells in this area, nor are any wells likely to be placed there in the future.

This is the third Record of Decision issued for the Eastern Diversified Metals Site to address the contamination problems present in the various environmental media. The division of the operable units (OUs) is as follows:
* OU1: "Hotspot" areas:
Those areas of fluff and soils contaminated with PCBs and dioxin above target levels
Sediments and soils contaminated with metals above target levels
Miscellaneous debris
* OU2: Shallow ground water
Deep ground water

* OU3: Remainder of the fluff at the Site

A remedy for the first operable unit and an interim remedy for the second operable unit were selected in the Record of Decision of March 1991. The interim remedy includes enhancement of the overburden ground water collection system and upgrading the existing waste water treatment plant for the removal of metals. These actions will not be affected by this Record of Decision and will be performed. A remedy for the third operable unit was selected in the Record of Decision of July 1992. This remedy is the final remedy for deep ground water of the second operable unit and calls for no remedial action.
 
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