The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has finalized the steps it will take to clean up the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund site in the Village of Ellenville, N.Y. in Ulster County. EPA will excavate contaminated soil from six different areas at the site, consolidate the soil on the landfill portion of the site and then securely cap the landfill, which will prevent further contamination of the groundwater. Any of the excavated soil or materials that are characterized as hazardous waste will be shipped off-site for proper disposal. EPA will also install a series of additional wells to monitor groundwater around the site to make sure it remains free of contaminants.
“After an extensive analysis of the contamination at the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund site, EPA has selected a plan that will result in a thorough and efficient cleanup,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
EPA added the Ellenville Scrap Iron Metal site to the Superfund National Priorities List on October 7, 2002 after hazardous chemicals were found in the soil there. The 24-acre site, which was used for scrap metal operations from the 1950s until the 1990s, is divided into upper and lower portions by a landfill, approximately 40 feet high. Soil samples at the site showed levels of semi-volatile organic compounds and various metals.
From 1987 to 1998, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the site numerous times, conducted sampling and directed the owner to clean up on-site debris. The Village of Ellenville also removed a large number of tires from the site. During 2004 and 2005, EPA demolished all of the buildings at the site, and disposed of waste oil tanks and approximately 20 drums containing hazardous materials. In addition, soil contaminated with lead was removed and disposed of off-site.
Beginning in 2007, EPA conducted an investigation at the site to determine the full nature and extent of contamination. The results of the EPA investigation lead to the decision for this cleanup action. Currently, the facility is secure, unoccupied and unused.
For a Google Earth aerial view of the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal site, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region02/kml/ellenville_scrap_iron.kml. (Please note that you must have Google Earth installed on your computer to view the map. To download Google Earth, visit http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html).
For more information about the site, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/ellenville/. For more information on Superfund sites in New York state, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/cleanup/sites/.
To find out more about the EPA’s Superfund Process, visit: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/npl_hrs.htm.