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A & F MATERIAL RECLAIMING, INC.

Abstract

Site Name:  A & F MATERIAL RECLAIMING, INC.
Address:  WEST CUMBERLAND 
City & State:  GREENUP  IL  62428
County:  CUMBERLAND
 
EPA ID:  ILD980397079
EPA Region:  05
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R05-86/045
ROD Date:  08/14/1986
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  Groundwater
 
Contaminant:  METALS, ORGANICS, TCE, VOCS
 
Abstract:  THE A&F MATERIALS SITE IS LOCATED ON THREE AND THREE-QUARTER ACRES IN GREENUP, IL. THE SITE, ORIGINALLY AN UNDEVELOPED BACKWATER FLOOD ZONE FOR THE EMBARRAS RIVER, WAS FIRST DEVELOPED FOR A SAWMILL OPERATION. MR. KEN AULT PURCHASED THE SITE FOR THE A&F MATERIALS RECYCLING PLANT, WHICH BEGAN OPERATIONS IN MARCH 1977 AND CONTINUED UNTIL IT SHUT DOWN IN 1980. THE PLANT PROCESSED WASTE MATERIALS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO OIL, SLUDGE, CAUSTIC AND SULFURIC ACID) INTO FUEL OIL AND FIRE RETARDANT CHEMICALS. DURING THE COURSE OF OPERATIONS, THERE WERE NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS OF THE OPERATING PERMIT ISSUED TO THE PLANT BY THE IEPA. BY MARCH 1978, FOUR STORAGE LAGOONS BECAME FILLED AND BEGAN TO OVERFLOW, CONTAMINATING THE SOIL AND DRAINAGE PATHWAY. IN ADDITION, THIRTEEN STEEL STORAGE TANKS CONTAINING A MIXTURE OF WASTE OILS (CONTAMINATED WITH PCBS AND ORGANICS), SLUDGES, SPENT CAUSTICS AND ACIDS, CONTAMINATED WATER AND OTHER WASTE PRODUCTS, WERE LOCATED ONSITE. THE TANKS HAD FAILED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, RELEASING THEIR CONTENTS. IN MARCH 1980, MAY 1982, AND DECEMBER 1982, ACTIONS WERE TAKEN AT THE SITE TO LOWER THE IMMEDIATE POTENTIAL OF RELEASES. THESE ACTIONS INCLUDED LOWERING THE LEVEL OF WASTES IN THE LAGOONS, DIKING, TRENCHING, CLEANUP AND REMOVAL OF ONSITE AND OFFSITE WASTES. IN ADDITION, A TEMPORARY CAP WAS PLACED ON THE CONSOLIDATED SLUDGE IN MARCH 1983. IN SEPTEMBER 1984, THE ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA, NORTHERN PETROCHEMICAL, CAM-OR INC. AND PETROLITE CORPORATION ENTERED INTO A PARTIAL CONSENT DECREE (PCD) WHEREBY THE COMPANIES AGREED TO UNDERTAKE SURFACE CLEANUP AT THE SITE AS AN ADDITIONAL REMOVAL AND REMEDIAL ACTION. PURSUANT TO THIS PCD, AN RI/FS WAS PREPARED BY THE CONSENTING DEFENDANTS WHICH DETERMINED THE AMOUNT OF SOIL/SLUDGE TO BE REMOVED AND THE EXTENT AND FLOW DIRECTION OF GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION. FOLLOWING THE SOIL REMOVAL IN 1985, ONLY PHENOLS AND BENZOIC ACID WERE DETECTED ABOVE THE NON-DETECTABLE LIMITS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN FOUND DURING THE RI/FS INCLUDE; SULFATES, INORGANICS, TCE, AND METALS.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THE SITE INCLUDES; GROUND WATER MONITORING OF THE NATURAL PURGING AND DILUTION OF CONTAMINANTS; INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS; AND ESTABLISHMENT OF PROCEDURES FOR REGULAR REVIEW OF MONITORING DATA. THERE IS NO ESTIMATED CAPITAL COST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS REMEDY, HOWEVER, THE PRPS HAVE AGREED TO PAY THE ESTIMATED ANNUAL O&M COSTS OF $24,000.
 
Remedy:  THE SELECTED REMEDY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS;

1. ESTABLISH A GROUNDWATER MONITORING PROGRAM ADEQUATE TO TEST THE FEASIBILITY STUDY REPORT CONCLUSION THAT ALL RESIDUAL GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION REMAINING AFTER THE 1985 SURFACE CLEANUP WILL STEADILY DECREASE TO SAFE LEVELS BY NATURAL DILUTION AND PURGING TO THE EMBARRAS RIVER WITHOUT CAUSING VIOLATION OF WATER QUALITY STANDARDS IN THE RIVER, OR PASSING UNDER THE RIVER.

2. ESTABLISH INSTITUTIONAL CONTROLS ADEQUATE TO ASSURE THAT DRINKING WATER WELLS ARE NOT PLACED IN CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER AREAS DURING THE PERIOD OF NATURAL PURGING AND DILUTION.

3. ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR REGULAR REVIEW OF MONITORING DATA UNTIL SAFE LEVELS ARE REACHED, OR UNTIL DATA CONTRADICTING THE FEASIBILITY STUDY CONCLUSIONS DEMONSTRATES THE NEED TO RE-EVALUATE THE SELECTED REMEDY.
 
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