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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/R03-90/105
ROD Date:  09/28/1990
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  DEBRIS
 
Contaminant:  ORGANICS, ASBESTOS
 
Abstract:  THE 11.9-ACRE FIKE CHEMICAL SITE IS AN ABANDONED CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN NITRO, WEST VIRGINIA. THE SITE IS COMPRISED OF AN 11-ACRE CHEMICAL PLANT AND A 0.9-ACRE COOPERATIVE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT (CST). ONSITE FEATURES INCLUDE SEVERAL CHEMICAL PRODUCTION AREAS, PROCESS CONTROL EQUIPMENT, VARIOUS ONSITE STRUCTURES, DRUM AND WASTE BURIAL AREAS, OVER 400 STORAGE TANKS, AND 3 INACTIVE WASTE LAGOONS. THE CST FACILITY TREATED THE SEWAGE AND INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER GENERATED BY THE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND ONSITE TRUCK TERMINAL OPERATIONS. FROM 1951 TO 1988, FIKE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURED MORE THAN SIXTY DIFFERENT CHEMICALS. HAZARDOUS WASTES GENERATED FROM ONSITE OPERATIONS WERE DISCHARGED ONSITE TO THE NEARBY KANAWHO RIVER. IN 1983, EPA IDENTIFIED ONSITE DIOXIN-CONTAMINATED SOIL. IN ADDITION, ASBESTOS WAS FOUND IN SEVERAL ONSITE STRUCTURES AND WAS USED AS INSULATION FOR ONSITE PIPES, TANKS, AND COOLING TOWERS. A 1988 RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) ADDRESSED THE DISPOSAL OF BULK CHEMICALS STORED IN ONSITE TANKS AND DRUMS. IN 1989, AN EXPLANATION OF SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES MODIFIED THE 1988 ROD, DOCUMENTING THAT DRUM CONTENTS WOULD NOT BE CONSOLIDATED PRIOR TO DISPOSAL. IN 1990, A FOCUSED FEASIBILITY STUDY (FFS) FOR THE TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES WAS COMPLETED AS A RESULT OF THE 1989 EPA COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION. THIS ROD ADDRESSES THE CONTAMINATED TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES EVALUATED IN THE 1990 FFS REPORT. FUTURE RODS WILL ADDRESS OTHER ONSITE AREAS OF CONCERN INCLUDING CONTAMINATED SOIL AND SLUDGE. THE PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AFFECTING THE DEBRIS ARE ORGANICS AND ASBESTOS.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE INCLUDES REMOVING 5.5 TONS OF ONSITE ASBESTOS MATERIAL FROM VARIOUS SITE AREAS; DISMANTLING AND DECONTAMINATING 400 ONSITE STORAGE TANKS, APPROXIMATELY 130 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT, AND 39 BUILDINGS AND DISPOSING OF THE DEBRIS OFFSITE; TREATING AND DISCHARGING THE DECONTAMINATION FLUIDS; AND IMPLEMENTING SITE ACCESS RESTRICTIONS INCLUDING FENCING. THE PRESENT WORTH COST FOR THIS REMEDIAL ACTION IS $2,830,000, WHICH INCLUDES AN ANNUAL O&M COST OF $5,200 FOR 30 YEARS.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS OR GOALS; ALL TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES IDENTIFIED AS A SAFETY HAZARD AND HEALTH RISK WILL BE DECONTAMINATED AND REMOVED TO AN OFFSITE FACILITY. ANY TANK, COMPONENT, OR RESIDUAL, WHICH CANNOT BE TREATED ONSITE WILL BE REMOVED TO AN OFFSITE FACILITY.
 
Remedy:  THIS REMEDY IS THE SECOND MAJOR STEP IN THE PROCESS OF REMEDIATION OF THE FIKE/ARTEL CHEMICAL SITE. THIS REMEDY (OPERABLE UNIT TWO) ADDRESSES SAFETY HAZARDS AND HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES BY REMOVING ALL TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND THE MAJORITY (OR ALL) OF THE ONSITE BUILDINGS. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS REMEDY IS TO REMOVE TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES WHICH MAY PRESENT SAFETY HAZARDS; ASBESTOS; CONTAMINATED RESIDUALS IN TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND STRUCTURES; AND OBSTACLES TO FUTURE SITE WORK. WHILE THE REMEDY DOES ADDRESS SOME OF THE PRINCIPAL KNOWN THREATS AT THE FIKE/ARTEL CHEMICAL SITE, FUTURE ACTIONS WILL INVOLVE CONTINUED INVESTIGATION AND POSSIBLE REMEDIATION OF SOIL, GROUNDWATER, SURFACE WATER, A SEWER SYSTEM UNDERLYING THE SITE, AND WASTE DISPOSAL AREAS. REMEDIAL ACTIONS FOR THESE AREAS WILL BE DELINEATED IN A FUTURE RECORD OF DECISION(S).

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE SELECTED REMEDY INCLUDE;

* DISMANTLING OF ALL TANKS, ALL EQUIPMENT, AND THE MAJORITY (OR ALL) OF THE BUILDINGS LOCATED ONSITE
* DECONTAMINATION, TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY AND/OR PRACTICABLE, OF DISMANTLED TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND BUILDINGS UTILIZING BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
* REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS FROM TANKS, EQUIPMENT, AND DISMANTLED BUILDINGS, AND DISPOSAL OF ASBESTOS IN AN OFFSITE LANDFILL
* REMOVAL OF DECONTAMINATED TANKS AND OTHER DECONTAMINATED FACILITY COMPONENTS BY SALE AS SCRAP, RECYCLING, OR DISPOSAL IN AN OFFSITE LANDFILL FOR NONHAZARDOUS OR HAZARDOUS WASTE
* DISPOSAL OF MATERIALS THAT CONTAIN A RCRA HAZARDOUS WASTE (OR A SUBSTANCE SUFFICIENTLY SIMILAR TO A RCRA HAZARDOUS WASTE) AND THAT CANNOT BE DECONTAMINATED IN AN OFFSITE LANDFILL FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE
* MAINTENANCE OF THE EXISTING PERIMETER FENCE
* TREATMENT OF FLUIDS RESULTING FROM DECONTAMINATION BY THE COOPERATIVE SEWAGE TREATMENT (CST) PLANT LOCATED ON THE SITE.
 
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