Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

BEC TRUCKING
VESTAL, NY

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The BEC Trucking site is located on Stewart Road in Vestal, New York. In the mid-1960s, a trucking company filled in 3.5 acres of marshland with various materials to raise the ground level. BEC Trucking used the property for truck body manufacturing, painting and vehicle maintenance. These operations generated hazardous wastes, which were stored on-site. To clean up the site, the property owner removed waste drums and placed stained soil in storage drums, which the EPA later removed. No other cleanup actions were required. The EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in October 1992.

Prior to the mid-1960s, the site was unimproved marshland. The company that was to become BEC Trucking filled the marshland with various materials, including fly ash from a local power company, to raise the ground level. After raising the ground level, the property was used by BEC Trucking for truck body manufacturing. The truck body fabrication, painting and vehicle maintenance operations that were performed here generated hazardous wastes, which were stored on-site. In 1982, alerted by municipal officials, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation found about 50 improperly stored drums. The drums contained waste motor oil, metal cutting oil, paint thinners, solvents, methanol, toluene, and petroleum distillates. Investigators also observed stained soil where spills had occurred. In 1983, COGS, Inc. purchased the property. The new owner removed the drums and placed the stained soil into four drums, which remained on-site.

The property currently is being used to store construction materials. The area around the site is primarily commercial and industrial. It is bordered by Stewart Road to the south, industrial properties to the east and north and the Stewart Trailer Park and wetlands to the west. Residences located around the site, including those in the trailer park, are hooked up to a public water system.

Site Responsibility: This site was addressed through federal actions.

 

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

The removal of the 50 surface drums and associated stained soil eliminated a potential source of contamination. An investigation of the conditions at the BEC Trucking site showed that the levels of contaminants in the ground water, surface water, and sediments are within the accepted state and federal guidelines.

In 1989, the EPA signed a Record of Decision (ROD), recommending no further action at the site. The ROD also called for a monitoring program for ground water, surface water and sediments to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. Samples were collected in 1991 as part of the monitoring program. Based on the sampling results, which indicated that significant contaminant migration was not occurring.


As part of the monitoring program, ground water, surface water and sediment samples were also collected in the spring and fall of 1996. Based on the sampling results, which showed that no contaminants of concern exceeded site-specific action levels, The EPA concluded that further monitoring was not necessary.
 

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The site was addressed in two stages: immediate actions and a long-term remedial phase.
Immediate Actions: In 1983, the property owner removed 30 empty drums and 20 drums containing waste motor oil, metal cutting oil, paint thinners, solvents, methanol, toluene and petroleum distillates. Stained soil located around the drums was dug up and contained in drums on-site. The EPA removed these drums in 1991

Long-Term Cleanup: The EPA conducted a remedial investigation and feasibility study to determine the nature and extent of site contamination and to identify and evaluate remedial alternatives. Based upon the results of the RI/FS, the EPA concluded that following the cleanup activities conducted in 1983, the site did not pose a significant threat to human health and the environment.


The EPA took the site off the NPL in October 1992.
 

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