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ACME SOLVENT RECLAIMING, INC. (MORRISTOWN PLANT)

Abstract

Site Name:  ACME SOLVENT RECLAIMING, INC. (MORRISTOWN PLANT)
Address:  EAST OF LINDENWOOD RD 
City & State:  MORRISTOWN  IL  61109
County:  WINNEBAGO
 
EPA ID:  ILD053219259
EPA Region:  05
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R05-85/026
ROD Date:  09/27/1985
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Groundwater, Soil
 
Contaminant:  INORGANICS, PCBS, TCE, VINYL CHLORIDE, VOCS
 
Abstract:  THE ACME SOLVENTS RECLAIMING, INC. FACILITY IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY FIVE MILES SOUTH OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS. FROM 1960 UNTIL 1973, THE FACILITY SERVED AS A DISPOSAL SITE FOR PAINTS, OILS AND STILL BOTTOMS FROM THE SOLVENT RECLAMATION PLANT LOCATED IN ROCKFORD. IN ADDITION, EMPTY DRUMS WERE STORED ONSITE. WASTES WERE DUMPED INTO DEPRESSIONS CREATED FROM EITHER PREVIOUS QUARRYING ACTIVITIES OR BY SCRAPING OVERBURDEN FROM THE NEAR SURFACE BEDROCK TO FORM BERMS. IN SEPTEMBER 1972, THE ILLINOIS POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD (IPCB) ORDERED ACME TO REMOVE ALL DRUMS AND WASTES FROM THE FACILITY AND TO BACKFILL THE LAGOONS. FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS REVEALED THAT WASTES AND CRUSHED DRUMS WERE BEING LEFT ONSITE AND MERELY COVERED WITH SOIL. SAMPLING OF THE SITE REVEALED HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF CHLORINATED ORGANICS IN THE DRINKING WATER. THE MAJOR SOURCE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AT THE FACILITY ARE THE WASTE DISPOSAL MOUNDS. THESE MOUNDS CONTAIN VOLATILE AND SEMI-VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS AND CONCENTRATIONS OF PCBS UP TO SEVERAL HUNDRED MG/KG.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION INCLUDES; A PROVISION FOR AN INTERIM ALTERNATE WATER SUPPLY TO AFFECTED RESIDENCES BY INSTALLATION OF HOME CARBON TREATMENT UNITS; EXCAVATION AND INCINERATION OF WASTE MATERIALS AND CONTAMINATED SOILS, WITH DISPOSITION OF NON-INCINERABLE WASTES TO AN OFFSITE RCRA LANDFILL; CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF BEDROCK CONTAMINATION AND REMEDIATION; CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF CONTAMINATED GROUND WATER; AND PERFORMANCE OF PUMP TESTS TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND COST OF PLUME CONTROL. ESTIMATED CAPITAL COSTS WILL BE DETERMINED DURING THE DESIGN PHASE ONCE AN INCINERATION TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN SELECTED.
 
Remedy:  THE SELECTED REMEDY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING MAJOR COMPONENTS;
- PROVISION OF AN INTERIM ALTERNATE WATER SUPPLY TO AFFECTED RESIDENCES BY INSTALLATION OF HOME CARBON TREATMENT UNITS
- EXCAVATION AND INCINERATION OF WASTE MATERIALS AND CONTAMINATED SOILS, WITH DISPOSITION OF NON-INCINERABLE WASTES TO AN OFF-SITE RCRA APPROVED HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL
- CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF BEDROCK CONTAMINATION AND FEASIBILITY WORK TO ANALYZE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BEDROCK REMEDIATION
- CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF CONTAMINATED GROUND WATER AND PERFORMANCE OF PUMP TESTS TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND COST OF PLUME CONTROL
 
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