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SCRAP PROCESSING CO., INC.

Abstract

Site Name:  SCRAP PROCESSING CO., INC.
Address:  510 W ALLMAN 
City & State:  MEDFORD  WI  54451
County:  TAYLOR
 
EPA ID:  WID046536785
EPA Region:  05
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-97/114
ROD Date:  09/30/1997
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  Groundwater,soil.
 
Contaminant:  PCBs, VOCs, SVOCs, PAHs, pesticides, acetone, 2-butanone, toluene, phthalates, lead, di-n-butylphthalate, carbon disulfide, delta-BHC.
 
Abstract:  The Scrap Processing site is a salvage yard and former battery cracking facility that now operates as a scrap dealership and recycler. The site is located in Medford, Wisconsin, and covers approximately 15 acres east of the Black River.In the mid-1950s, scrap yard operations began with activities that included crushing cars and large appliances. From the 1950s until 1974, battery cracking occurred at a rate of 8,000 to 10,000 batteries per month. After that time, the battery cracking allegedly was reduced, and finally ceased in the early 1980s. In 1972, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) put the owner on notice for mishandling batteries. As a result of citizen complaints that battery acid was being released onto the ground and into the Black River, WDNR conducted site inspections throughout the 1970s. In 1979, WDNR directed the owner of the Scrap Processing site to cease battery cracking operations. Despite WDNRs directive, cracking operations continued until the early 1980s.In 1984, the site was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). In 1993, an emergency removal action took place in the area immediately surrounding the battery cracking building. From that area, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)- and lead-contaminated soil was excavated, and a contaminated outside wall was chiseled; the debris was sent off site for disposal. An investigation/feasibility study was completed in mid-1997.
 
Remedy:  The major components of the selected remedy include excavation of lead-contaminated soils; off-site disposal of excavated soils at a solid waste landfill; use of institutional controls on site property to limit land and groundwater use; installation of additional groundwater monitoring wells in the source area next to the battery cracking building; and monitoring of groundwater to ensure effectiveness of the remedial action and determine if there is need for future active groundwater remediation.
 
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