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AGATE LAKE SCRAPYARD

Abstract

Site Name:  AGATE LAKE SCRAPYARD
Address:  WESTERN SHORE OF AGATE LAKE 
City & State:  FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP  MN  56473
County:  CASS
 
EPA ID:  MND980898068
EPA Region:  05
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R05-94/256
ROD Date:  01/13/1994
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Groundwater
 
Contaminant:  PCBs, lead, perchloroethene
 
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 Agate Lake Scrap Yard site is located in Fairview Township, Minnesota. The site is approximately eight acres in size, and is surrounded by the Pillsbury State Forest. A number of residential properties are located near the site. The site is in close proximity to both Agate Lake and Gull Lake.

In 1952, Mr. Paul Kramer established a scrap yard on a portion of his family's farm. Daily activities included buying and selling scrap metal and used cars. The scrapyard also accepted electrical transformers, drums filled with solvents, and various oils. The scrapyard ceased operation in 1982.

During the scrap yards period of operation, Mr. Kramer smelted the transformers in a homemade burner in an effort to separate and recover aluminum and lead. He also recovered copper by burning the insulation off copper wire. In 1982, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) ordered Mr. Kramer to cease moving, draining or burning any oils, transformers, transformer cases, drums, ashes or soil until all necessary testing for on-site

The Site was listed on the Minnesota List of Priorities (PLP) in October of 1984. The site was soon after listed on the federal National Priorities List (NPL) in November of 1984.

In early 1985, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Field Inspection Team prepared a work plant through its consultant, Ecology and Environment, Inc (E&E) to install a number of groundwater monitoring wells and to monitor groundwater. However, in September 1985, MPCA sought and obtained funding from the federal Superfund under the Multi-Site Cooperative Agreement to perform a Remedial Investigation (RI) and a Feasibility Study (FS) at the Site.

Based on laboratory results, a health advisory was issued by the MDH in December of 1984 and warned the Kramer family against any further use of well water for drinking or food preparation purposes. Mr. Kramer refused an offer from the MPCA to provide bottled drinking water, stating that he had made his own arrangements to obtain adequate water. Additionally based, on fish samples obtained from Agate Lake and Gull Lake which determined the fish to have significant mercury contamination, the MDH issued a Fish Consumption warning.
 
Remedy:  The selected remedial action for this site is to install institutional controls that prevent installation of drinking water wells within the vicinity of the contaminated groundwater boundaries and disturbances of fill material until health based remedial action goals have been achieved; installing four additional monitoring wells and a groundwater monitoring system.
 
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