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Address:  ROUTE 3 
City & State:  EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU  IL  62957
EPA ID:  ILD980996789
EPA Region:  05
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-99/076
ROD Date:  09/27/1999
Operable Unit(s):  01
Media:  Groundwater, Sediment, Soil
Contaminant:  Metals, PAH, PCBs, Pesticides, VOC
Abstract:  The Ilada Energy Company site encompasses approximately 17 acres in southern Illinois, south of the town of East Cape Girardeau in the northwest quadrant of Section 32, Township 14 South, Range 3 West. The surrounding area is utilized primarily for agricultural purposes. Farmland borders the site to the northeast, but the remainder is owned by the US Forest Service and used for silvaculture. The site is located within the 100-year floodplain of the Mississippi River on the "dry" side of the 20-foot high flood control levee which is located immediately to the south of the site. A 200-foot wide slough was formed along the toe of the levee as a result of borrowing material for its construction. This area is swampy during the wet season supporting, riparian vegetation consisting of cattails and other aquatic plants. The quarter-mile wide strip between the river and the slough comprises wooded areas, dense brush and ground vegetation, and patches of overgrown, idle cropland.

The site originally consisted of a tank farm built for the U.S. Department of War (DOW) in 1942. The location was selected to take advantage of access provided by the Mississippi River. The facility was operated by Allied Oil Terminal Company as a bulk fuel oil storage/transfer terminal until the early or mid-1950s. Transfer piping ran across the levee towards the river.

After Allied Terminal ceased using the facility in the mid-1950s, the site sat idle until purchased by the Kara Oil Company in 1979. In 1982, it was assigned to Larry Wilson of the Ilada Energy Company.

From 1981 to 1983, Illada operated the tank farm as a waste oil reclamation facility. Additional tanks and structures were added to the facility in that time period.

Several inspections of the facility were conducted by the State and EPA in 1982 and 1983. These inspections revealed that Ilada was improperly storing, handling, mixing and disposing waste oils contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Ilada and EPA entered into a consent decree and order in January 1983 to correct these deficiencies. Among other actions, the order required the removal "forthwith and without delay" of PCB-contaminated materials in accordance with the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). It also required Ilada to close all activities relating to the receipt, transportation, storage, handing, use and disposal of PCBs, chemicals and other wastes. Later in 1983, the boiler was removed by Ilada as well as some pumps and related equipment from the pump house, and office and laboratory equipment were removed from the office building. In 1986, the State installed six groundwater monitoring wells on the site. The site was proposed for included on the National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1989.

In 1989, after Ilada had made no effort to remove PCB materials from the site, a unilateral Administrative Order was issued. As a result, four of the companies included as Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) formed the Ilada Energy Company--East Cape Girardeau Group. These companies included Shell Oil Company, Metal Container Corporation, Granite City Steel Division of National Steel, and Emerson Electric Company. The group was then ordered to initiate a Remedial Investigation (RI) to determine the source, nature and extent of contamination at the site following the removal action. The RI was finalized in April 1999. A Record of Decision was completed in September 1999.
Remedy:  No Further remedial action is necessary at the Ilada Energy Company Site. The earlier removal action has mitigated the environmental risks to a degree that the conditions at the site pose no unacceptable risk of exposure to contaminants of concern. Although, no further remedial action is necessary, the remedy still requires maintenance of institutional controls to prevent unacceptable exposures from hazardous substances over a long period of time. A review will be conducted by the State and EPA, within five years to ensure that the remedy continues to provide adequate protection of human health and the environment. The institutional controls that have been used at this site consist of: prohibiting the installation of groundwater wells for the purpose of producing potable water and prohibiting the use, improvement of maintenance of any type of residential purpose.

Estimated Capital Cost: $0
Estimated O&M Costs (present worth annual): $0
Estimated Present Worth Costs: $0
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