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FIKE CHEMICAL, INC.

Abstract

Site Name:  FIKE CHEMICAL, INC.
Address:  W 19TH ST 
City & State:  NITRO  WV  25143
County:  PUTNAM
 
EPA ID:  WVD047989207
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-88/054
ROD Date:  09/29/1988
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  GROUNDWATER
 
Contaminant:  INORGANICS (ACIDS), ASBESTOS, CYANIDE, METALS, ORGANICS (PCBS)
 
Abstract:  THE FIKE CHEMICAL SITE IS AN APPROXIMATELY 11-ACRE SITE LOCATED IN THE NITRO INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, NITRO, WEST VIRGINIA, ON THE FLOOD PLAIN OF THE KANAWA RIVER, WHICH IS 2,200 FEET TO THE WEST. THE POPULATION WITHIN A 10-MILE RADIUS OF THE SITE IS ESTIMATED TO BE 25,000. THE SITE CONSISTS OF THE FIKE OPERATIONS PROPERTY AND THE COOPERATIVE SEWAGE TREATMENT, INC. (CST) PROPERTY, WHICH IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN FIKE (NOW ARTEL CHEMICALS, INC.) AND COASTAL TANK LINES, INC. THE FIKE PLANT PROPERTY WAS AN ACTIVE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING PLANT FROM 1968 TO JUNE 1988. DURING FIKE'S OPERATION, OVER 60 DIFFERENT CHEMICALS WERE PRODUCED, ALL BY BATCH REACTION ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS. OTHER SITE ACTIVITIES LEADING TO CONTAMINATION INCLUDE ONSITE DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTES THROUGH DRUM BURIAL AND UNLINED SURFACE LAGOONS, AND TANK STORAGE OF VARIOUS CHEMICAL STOCK, PRODUCTS, AND WASTES. THE CST PROPERTY, WHICH IS ADJACENT TO THE FIKE PROPERTY TO THE NORTHWEST, CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF BASINS, TREATMENT TANKS, AND SLUDGE DRYING BEDS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO TREAT PLANT SURFACE RUNOFF AND PROCESS WASTEWATER DELIVERED FROM FIKE CHEMICAL VIA SEPARATE SEWER SYSTEMS. THE TREATED WATER IS DISCHARGED INTO THE KANAWHA RIVER. THE CST PROPERTY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM VIOLATIONS OF THEIR NPDES PERMIT AND VARIOUS NONCOMPLIANCE ISSUES UNDER RCRA, LEADING TO TERMINATION OF INTERIM STATUS IN NOVEMBER 1985. APPROXIMATELY 300 BULK STORAGE TANKS ARE LOCATED ONSITE, CONTAINING ACIDS, BASES, FLAMMABLES, AND CYANIDES. A MINIMUM OF 2,000 SURFACE DRUMS ARE ONSITE IN UNCONTROLLED STORAGE FACILITIES. APPROXIMATELY 8,000 LABORATORY CONTAINERS OF KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CONTENTS ARE AT THE SITE. WASTES BURIED ONSITE INCLUDE 1,000 DRUMS AND AN UNDETERMINED NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL LABORATORY CONTANINERS. APPROXIMATELY 100,000 POUNDS OF METALLIC SODIUM IS CONTAINED IN 300 OF THE DRUMS ONSITE. A PRESSURIZED TANK OF METHYL MERCAPTAN CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY 9,000 GALLONS. THIS REMEDIAL ACTION WILL REDUCE THE IMMINENT HAZARDS CURRENTLY PRESENT ONSITE. CONTAMINATED SOIL AND GROUND WATER WILL BE ADDRESSED IN A SUBSEQUENT REMEDIAL ACTION. THE PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AFFECTING THE SOIL, GROUND WATER AND SURFACE WATER ARE ORGANICS INCLUDING PCBS AND METHYL MERCAPTAN, INORGANICS INCLUDING CYANIDE, ASBESTOS, AND ACIDS, AND METALS.
 
Remedy:  THE REMEDY SELECTED FOR REMEDIATION OF THE FIKE CHEMICALS SITE IS ALTERNATIVE 2: CONTROL, STABILIZATION AND ELIMINATION OF IMMEDIATE HAZARDS TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THE REMEDY IS AN ACTION NEEDED TO REDUCE THE IMMINENT HAZARDS CUURENTLY EXISTING ONSITE. IT IS ALSO THE FIRST PHASE OF A LONG TERM REMEDIATION OF THIS SITE AND WILL NOT BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE FINAL REMEDY.

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THIS REMEDY ARE AS FOLLOWS;

A) REMOVAL AND DIDPOSAL OF THE TANK OF METHYL MERCAPTAN;
B) REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF THE DRUMS OF METALLIC SODIUM;
C) REMOVAL, BULKING, AND DISPOSAL OF DRUMS ON THE GROUND SURFACE;
D) REMOVAL, BULKING, AND DISPOSAL OF THE MATERIALS FOUND IN VARIOUS TANKS, LINES, AND VESSELS LOCATED ONSITE;
E) LAB-PACKING AND DISPOSAL OF CERTAIN LABORATORY CONTAINERS FOUND ONSITE;
F) DRAINAGE AND STABILIZATION OF THE ONSITE AND CST FACILITY LAGOONS; TREATMENT OF THE DRAINED LIQUIDS FROM THE LAGOONS; AND DISCHARGE OF THOSE TREATED LIQUIDS TO THE KANAWHA RIVER;
G) EXCAVATION, BULKING, AND DISPOSAL OF BURIED DRUMS;
H) PROPER STABILIZATION AND/OR REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF ASBESTOS CONTAINING INSULATION MATERIAL FOUND IN PROCESS LINES;
I) PROPER REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF THE CYLINDER(S) OF HYDROGEN CYNAIDE.
 
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