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ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL WHEEL & TRIM
GRENADA, MS

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On January 6, 2020, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. The purpose of this session was to provide a brief review/discussion of the draft CAG operating procedures, confirm/formalize CAG membership and leadership positions and then move into a regular CAG meeting. The community decided at this meeting to delay the formation of the CAG. The community can notify one of the Site contacts if additional conversation on formation of the CAG is requested. No public meetings are currently scheduled, but a public meeting may be scheduled upon the request of the community where the community can ask the TA questions.

For the last hour of the meeting MDEQ presented an update on the status of the Moose Lodge Road Disposal Area cleanup. MDEQ and EPA answered questions from the community. EPA also shared that the Technical Advisor is working with EPA to develop a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Fact Sheet for the community. It is the hope of EPA that the FAQ Fact Sheet will help to inform the community and allow newcomers to the conversation to have a better basis of knowledge for the Site.

Currently the Remedial Investigation Report for, OU1 including Eastern Heights, is being developed.

Meritor is working towards installing the pilot extraction system components. This system will be used to inform the selection of a groundwater action in the Engineering Evaluation/ Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report which is expected to be available sometime this Fall 2020.

The Sub-Slab Depressurization System continues to operate at the Facility under the Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) agreement signed between EPA and Meritor.


Rockwell Areas of Contamination

Rockwell Areas of Contamination and Potential Future Areas of Investigation

 

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Public Participation Opportunities

In consultation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality), the EPA proposed the Rockwell International Wheel & Trim site (“Rockwell Grenada,” also commonly known as Grenada Manufacturing LLC) in Grenada, Mississippi, to the Superfund program National Priorities List (NPL). EPA will consider public comments before making a final decision about adding the site to the NPL. The original 60-day public comment was extended by one week and ended on March 26, 2018.

A public meeting was held on February 6, 2018, at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Complex, located at 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Grenada, Mississippi 38901. Approximately 175 people were in attendance. The public was provided information about the Superfund process, the removal action at Grenada Stamping and health risks associated with TCE. It was also an opportunity to ask questions.

Obtaining Information on the Proposed NPL Listing of Rockwell International Wheel & Trim (aka Grenada Manufacturing)

On January 18, 2018, the EPA proposed the addition of the Rockwell Grenada site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The original 60-day public comment was extended by one week—ending on March 26, 2018. EPA considered public comments before making a final decision about adding the site to the NPL.

Materials compiled by EPA to propose the Rockwell Grenada site to the NPL can be obtained in several ways:

www.regulations.gov Under "enter key word or ID" type in EPA-HQ-OLEM-2017-0608, which is the docket number for the Rockwell Grenada site. Click on "search" to see all documents.

Contact the EPA Region 4 NPL Coordinator, Cathy Amoroso, at (404) 562-8637 or amoroso.cathy@epa.gov,  to have an electronic copy mailed to you. You may also call Ms. Amoroso to make an appointment to view electronic copies at the EPA Regional Library in Atlanta.

Visit the local information repository to view the materials in person. The information repository is located at the Elizabeth Jones Library, 1050 Fairfield Avenue, Grenada, Mississippi.

All public comments made during the public comment period have been addressed and can be found in the NPL docket.

EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included a workshop, public notices, fact sheets, postcards, press releases, availability sessions and public meetings.

 

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Community Advisory Group

During the July 9, 2019 meeting, the EPA presented the options for having a Technical Advisor (TA) supplied for the community to aid in understanding of the sampling results and documents being generated for the Remedial Investigation. The community decided to proceed with obtaining a TA under the Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC) program and formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to coordinate the conversations with the TA and the EPA.

On September 24, 2019, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. The purpose of this session was to provide framework and guidance to assist the community in forming this group. The Technical Advisor assigned to Eastern Heights was introduced at this session.

On October 28, 2019, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. The purpose of this session was to provide a brief review of the CAG reference guide, brief review/discussion of the draft CAG operating procedures, confirm/formalize CAG membership and leadership positions and then move into a regular CAG meeting. The community asked for more time to deliberate on the positions and formation of the CAG Group, the next meeting was set for January 6th. For the last half hour the meeting EPA and MDEQ answered questions and provided a technical Site update. Residents asked how the remedy used at Moose Lodge Road Disposal Area worked and how much of that area had been cleans up. There were also concerns that the chemicals injected into the contamination there could be a health issue in the future. The Residents asked that MDEQ give them more information regarding that cleanup and their concerns.

On January 6, 2020, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. The purpose of this session was to provide a brief review/discussion of the draft CAG operating procedures, confirm/formalize CAG membership and leadership positions and then move into a regular CAG meeting. The community decided at this meeting to delay the formation of the CAG and to instead utilize two community members as contacts for collection of community questions to work with the Technical Advisor by email. For the last hour the meeting MDEQ presented an update on the status of the Moose Lodge Road Disposal Area cleanup. MDEQ and EPA answered questions from the community. EPA also indicated that the Technical Advisor is working with EPA to develop a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Fact Sheet for the community. It is the hope of EPA that the FAQ Fact Sheet will help to inform the community and allow new comers to the conversation to have a better basis of knowledge for the Site.

No additional meetings have been scheduled at this time but will be scheduled at the request of the Community.

 

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Site News Archive

 

On January 6, 2020, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. During this meeting, the community decided at this meeting to delay the formation of the CAG.

On October 28, 2019, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session.

On September 24, 2019, Residents near the Rockwell International Wheel and Trim Superfund Site were invited to attend and participate in a Community Advisory Group (CAG) Training Session. The purpose of this session was to provide framework and guidance to assist the community in forming this group. The Technical Advisor assigned to Eastern Heights was introduced at this session.

Community Information Session: Technical Assistances Services for Communities
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grenada City Auditorium at 17 N Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

Upcoming Sampling Event

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sampling event scheduled from January 7 to 17, 2019 was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. This event has now been rescheduled for March 25- April 4. This event will execute vertical profile testing of the soil and groundwater in the Eastern Heights neighborhood. These results will be used to determine where the bulk of the contamination is located, determine the subsurface soil properties and the best locations to add new permanent groundwater monitoring wells for future sampling and response work.

These meetings were held as scheduled but the January 2019 sampling event was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown. All stakeholders were notified in mid-February of the event being rescheduled for March/April 2019.

Public Meetings on Upcoming Sampling
Thursday, December 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grenada City Auditorium at 17 N Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

EPA hosted two community information sessions on December 13, 2018 at the Grenada City Auditorium at 17 N Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi. The session's purpose was to show impacted residents a short PowerPoint presentation, with photos, of the type of machinery being used and what to expect during the sampling event. EPA coordinated with residents to minimize disruptions and scheduling conflicts. The first session was held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with the second session from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00PM. The same information was shared at each session.

The final NPL rule for Rockwell International Wheel & Trim Site was published in the Federal Register Thursday, September 13, 2018. All public comments made during the public comment period have been addressed and responses to the comments are in the NPL docket. Any questions or concerns about the rule or the docket can be directed to Cathy Amoroso 404-562-8637.

Here are the links to the HQ press release and to the pre-publication version of the final rule.

Public Availability sessions were held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 15, 2018, before the RI was initiated. Grenada City Auditorium 17 N. Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

EPA started the remedial investigation (RI) in May 2018, beginning in the Eastern Heights neighborhood. The purpose of the RI is to fill data gaps to assess whether there are any risks posed to human health, and to identify the possible methods to clean up the contamination. Public Availability sessions were held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 15, 2018, before the RI was initiated. Grenada City Auditorium 17 N. Main Street, Grenada, Mississippi

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a Superfund Workshop for the community on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Center located at 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Grenada, MS. The workshop was held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an overview of the Superfund process which will be followed to clean up contamination at the Site and to inform the community about opportunities for community involvement and technical assistance resources.

On March 13-15, 2018 EPA conducted community interviews and listened to their concerns, responded to their questions, and asked residents for input in identifying additional areas that warrant investigation as part of the OU1 Remedial Investigation (RI) focused on Eastern Heights.

A public meeting was held on February 6, 2018, at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Complex, located at 299 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Grenada, Mississippi 38901. Approximately 175 people were in attendance. The public was provided information about the Superfund process, the removal action at Grenada Stamping and health risks associated with TCE. It was also an opportunity to ask questions. 

 

 

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