Superfund Site: DELATTE METALS

Superfund Site Profile


Current Status

The second Five-Year Review was completed in November 2012 and included recommendations for site maintenance, ground water monitoring, and surface water monitoring. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to address these recommendations.

Site Background

The Delatte Metals site is located in Tangipahoa Parish, about 2.5 miles southeast of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The site includes the former Delatte Metals, Inc. facility, the abandoned North Ponchatoula Battery (NPB) facility and nearby residential areas. The former facility properties occupy about 19 acres. The total area of the site, encompassing both on-facility and off-facility areas, is about 57 acres. While in operation, both facilities processed spent lead-acid batteries and smelted lead plates from the spent batteries into lead ingots. Site operators discharged battery acid into an unlined pond on the north side of the site. Facility operations and waste disposal practices contaminated soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater with lead.

National Priorities List (NPL) History
Proposal Date: July 28, 1998
Final Listing Date: January 19, 1999
Final Deletion Date: August 8, 2005

Location: The Site includes the Delatte Metals, Inc., the abandoned North Ponchatoula Battery facility, and off-facility areas. The site is located at 19113 Weinberger Road in Tangipahoa Parish about 2.5 miles southeast of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Population: There are approximately 645 residents that live within a 1-mile radius of the site