Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

RUSTON FOUNDRY
ALEXANDRIA, LA

Cleanup Activities

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Background

Current Status

The Site Deletion Documents were published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2010. The public was invited to review and comment on the document from May 14 through June 14, 2010. No adverse comments were received during the comment period; therefore, the deletion was final on July 13, 2010, and the site has been removed from the National Priorities List.

Site Background

The 6-acre Ruston Foundry site is located in Alexandria, Louisiana. A foundry operated at the site from 1980 to 1985. Foundry and machine activities, as well as manufacturing of metals, contaminated soil with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2010.

National Priorities List
Proposal Date: 1/19/1999
Final Listing Date: 5/10/1999
Final Deletion Date: 7/13/2010

Location: The 6.26 acre site is located at 1010 Bogan Street, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

Population: There are more than 9,000 residents who live within one mile of the facility and more than 64,000 individuals who live within four miles of the facility. There is an elementary school located approximately .5 miles north and a recreational park located within .25 miles south of the facility.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

The site was addressed through federal, state and potentially responsible party (PRP) actions.

A foundry operated on site from 1908 to 1985. The facility engaged in foundry and machine shop activities and in the manufacturing, prefabrication and repair of articles of steel, iron and other metals.A foundry operated on site from 1908 to 1985. The facility engaged in foundry and machine shop activities and in the manufacturing, prefabrication and repair of articles of steel, iron and other metals.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The site’s long-term remedy included stabilization of hazardous waste, consolidation and off-site disposal of asbestos containing material, characterization of underground storage tanks, clearing of building debris, excavation and disposal of contaminated soils, and air and groundwater monitoring. EPA later updated the remedy to include further stabilization of hazardous waste, a contingency plan for soil cleanup, institutional controls to restrict future land uses to industrial uses, and operation and maintenance activities. Construction of the remedy finished in 2009. Following cleanup, EPA updated the remedy to remove institutional controls, operation and maintenance activities, and five-year reviews.

Following cleanup, EPA took the site off the NPL in 2010.

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Emergency Response and Removal

Cleanup also included a removal action, or short-term cleanup, to address immediate threats to human health and the environment. A removal action in 1999 removed and disposed of solid waste, drums filled with liquid waste, and scrap metal and debris.

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