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Address:  900 WEST 22ND ST 
City & State:  GRANITE CITY  IL  62040
County:  MADISON
EPA ID:  ILD006282479
EPA Region:  05
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-99/077
ROD Date:  09/29/1999
Operable Unit(s):  01
Media:  Groundwater, Other, Soil, Solid Waste
Contaminant:  Base Neutral Acids, Metals, PAH, Pesticides, VOC
Abstract:  Please note that the text in this document summarizes the Record of Decision for the purposes of facilitating searching and retrieving key text on the ROD. It is not the officially approved abstract drafted by the EPA Regional offices. Once EPA Headquarters receives the official abstract, this text will be replaced.

The Jennision-Wright Corporation is an abandoned railroad tie-treating facility and is comprised of approximately 20 acres of land at 900 West 22nd Street within the corporate boundaries of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois. The facility is situated in a mixed industrial/residential neighborhood and is bordered by the Norfolk-Southern Railroad lines to the east and the south, residential areas to the west and property occupied by the Illinois American Water Company, a residential area and the 23rd Street to the north.
Operations at the facility began prior to 1921 and continued until 1989 with three separate companies operating at the site: Midland Creosoting Company (prior to 1921-1940), The Jennison-Wright Corporation (1940-1981) and 2-B-J.W., Inc (1981-1989), authorized to do business as Jennision-Wright Corporation. The site has remained vacant since 1990 except for occasional trespassers or scavenger and periodic visits by the State.
The area north of 22nd Street treated wood products (railroad ties and wood block flooring) with pentachlorophenol (PCP), creosote and zinc naphthenate. Creosote was used for treating wood products prior to 1921 to 1989. Pentachlorophenol was used from 1974 to 1985 and zinc napthenate was used from 1985 to 1989.

Jennite (an asphalt sealer product composed of coal tar, pitch, clay and water) was manufactured in the southeastern corner of the facility. The process began in the early 1960s and continued until the summer of 1986 when Jennision-Wright sold the Jennite process to Neyra Industries. Neyra Industries leased the portion of the facility used by Jennision-Wright for the sealer, and continued manufacturing the asphalt sealer until bankruptcy in 1989.

In the summer of 1992, the State used trust fund monies from the bankruptcy sale to initiate a stabilization effort on this site to alleviate the spread of contamination. The east boundary of the south portion of the site contains the "Jennite pit" (an on-site disposal pit where creosote wastes were dumped) which had become semi-liquid and begun to migrate off-site.

To temporarily alleviate this problem, the overflowing material was removed and placed in three cut-off tanks. A makeshift clay cap was constructed using material on site to shore up the boundaries of the Jennite pit. Approximately 175 drums of various known and unknown materials were found on-site including 15 drums of creosote contaminated asbestos insulation. These drums were stored on-site in an existing structure.
In November 1994, a removal action was conducted which addressed the following: installation of a six-foot chain link fence around the area of stockpiled soil and drainage area at the northeast corner of the site; excavation and disposal of soils around the upright storage tanks, railroad cars; removal of aqueous waste from the various storage vessels, treatment by oil/water separation, and off-site disposal at a water treatment plant; removal and disposal of creosote waste material from the storage vessels; decontamination/dismantling of the storage vessels; characterization of the material within the drums inside the Transite building and proper disposal; installation of a protective geomembrane and clay cap over the "Jennite pit"; removal of the contaminated soil in the three cutoff tanks in the south portion of the site and dismantling of the tanks. Subsequent to the removal actions, the site was placed on the National Priorities List in June 1996.
A Record of Decision addressing the entire site was signed in September 1999.
Remedy:  The selected remedy for the Jennision Wright Superfund Site includes the following. For site wastes consisting of the drip track residue and the oils found on-site, the selected alternative is to remove the waste and have it disposed at a hazardous waste facility. For site soils, a land farm will be constructed in the northeast portion of the site; for non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) removal, hot water and steam flushing is the selected alternative over surfactant flushing because it is a more proven technology. The selected remedy for highly contaminated groundwater plumes, is enhanced in situ biological treatment using Oxygen Release Compounds (ORC) and air sparging rather than natural attenuation and ex-situ biological treatment. Natural attenuation is the selected alternative for other areas of the site where the groundwater contamination is at a much lower level. The buildings and other structures on the site will be razed, the asbestos-containing materials inside will be abated and debris shipped off-site for disposal. The selected alternative for the "Miscellaneous Items" category is to remove the remaining miscellaneous items (debris piles, storage tanks, abandoned steel trams and several sumps and pits) that litter the site and dispose off-site.

Estimated Capital Cost: $4,480,000
Estimated Annual O&M Costs: $1,154,000 (Years 1-3)
$1,190,000 (Year 4)
$593,000 (Years 5-6)
$186,000 (Years 7-20)
Estimated Present Worth Post Remedial Site Control Costs: $6,030,000
Estimated Total Present Worth Costs: $10,510,000
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