Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

PRECISION PLATING CORP.
VERNON, CT

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 3-acre Precision Plating Corp. Superfund site is located in Vernon, Connecticut. A chromium plating company (formally known as Precision Plating Corporation) is one of several tenants in Hillside Industrial Park, a small industrial complex. Since 1970, this chromium plating facility has been chrome plating various metal parts and fixtures on site. Wastes generated during this process include rinse waters containing heavy metals, batch wastes of alkaline cleaner and spent plating and etching acids. Before 1983, site operators discharged rinse waters to a storm drain outside the building and stored process plating acids and chrome plating wastes in drums and in a 500-gallon tank. In 1979, Vernon’s Health Department found chromium contamination in the ground water well serving the Hillside Industrial Park. The agency determined the cause to be the rupturing of drums and a storage tank by a snow plow. EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989. Initial cleanup activities included connecting nearby residences to a public water supply, removing contaminated soil and monitoring ground water. While the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection initially began investigations of the remaining contamination, in 2010, EPA became the lead agency to continue this work. The Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study is due to be completed and a proposed cleanup plan is expected to be released for public comment in 2017-1018. The chromium facility continues to operate on site.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2016, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 2 people and generated an estimated $150,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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