Learn: Superfund Sites
Superfund sites are polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a list of such locations, which are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL guides the EPA in "determining which sites warrant further investigation" for environmental remediation. As of February 27, 2014, there were 1,322 Superfund sites on the National Priorities List in the United States. Fifty-three additional sites have been proposed for entry on the list.
EPA ADDS THREE MORE SITES TO SUPERFUND LIST
Former scrap yard in Virginia one of sites added by the EPA
November 4, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added three hazardous waste sites, including one former scrap metal recycling facility, to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. To date, there are 1,270 sites currently on the NPL. The three added are the following: Peck Iron and Metal, Portsmouth, Va.; Raritan Bay Slag, Old Bridge Township, N.J.; and U.S. Magnesium, Tooele County, Utah.
Peck Iron purchased, processed, stored, and shipped metal scrap from military bases; federal, state, and local government agencies; and local businesses. Scrap metal handled at the facility included damaged and obsolete equipment, attachments, parts, dross and other miscellaneous materials. Some of these scrap materials contained cadmium, PCB, coatings, insulated wire, gaskets, fluorescent lights and transformer oils, and lead scrapped bridge sections and automobile batteries.
THREE-ALARM WASHINGTON RECYCLING FIRE BURNS FOR TWO DAYS
Author: Cole Rosengren | @ColeRosengren
June 7, 2016
- A three-alarm fire broke out at a recycling facility in Everett, Washington on Saturday evening and wasn't extinguished until Monday. More than 100 firefighters from around the region came to battle the blaze.
- Crews responded to two smaller fires last week, one of which destroyed a portion of the building's sprinkler system. Because of this the fire marshal ordered a temporary fire watch requiring someone to be in the building at all times. The person on duty left Saturday night and that's when the fire began.
The site has a troubled history with the city and was formerly occupied by Busy Beaver Recycling. The county found a variety of permitting issues and violations, ultimately forcing the company to shut down in 2014. According to Q13 Fox, the site is now occupied by a company called e Strategies. Ironically, officials had scheduled a meeting for Monday to talk about better ways to reduce fire hazards. The damage is estimated to be more than $1 million. Fire hazards are a serious issue at recycling facilities, especially when various materials are stored throughout the site. A metal recycler in Albuquerque, NM recently experienced a large fire — its 11th in the past 10 years — due to improper maintenance of scrap piles. In addition to costing businesses money, these incidents also place a burden on local fire departments and can release potentially hazardous chemicals into the air.
ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATION PROMPTS COURT ORDER AGAINST RI SCRAP RECYCLER
Author: Nicole Wrona
March 10, 2015
- A scrap metal recycling firm in Providence, RI, and its property owner received complaints filed against them in Superior Court.
- Janet Coit, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and the State Attorney General filed the complaint.
- According to the DEM, this complaint comes after a notice of violation given in 2012 to Rhode Island Recycled Metals (RIRM), the operator of the scrap company, and its property owner, AARE LLC.
The court order seeks to stop all operations that add to the pollution of a nearby river from oil released on the property. Both companies involved have not acted upon a consent agreement dated July 25, 2013. Multiple on-site inspections by various agencies uncovered that the companies allegedly did not remedy the situation. The alleged failure to act to resolve the outlined issues caused the DEM and attorney general to move forward with the complaint.
RECYCLING PLANT FACES CHARGES AFTER SCRAP FIRE
Author: Sean Griffey
July 20, 2012
- Calgary Metal Recycling and its owner, Ogden Holdings were charged with 17 counts of violating local fire and safety codes
- Each count is punishable by a fine of up to $15,000
- Charges are for violations such as not ensuring correct height of storage piles, failing to provide an access route for firefighters, and failing to clear space between buildings in the facility
- The fire started on April 26 and was not fully extinguished until May 10th. It is believed that spontaneous combustion of materials started the blaze.
Charges include failing to clear space between storage piles and buildings, and provide an access route for firefighters, as well as failing to ensure storage pile heights and size conform with safety codes.
BAILEY METAL PROCESSORS, INC.
This former scrap copper, steel and lead reclamation facility in Brady, McCulloch County is being addressed under the State Superfund Program.
The Bailey Metal Processors Inc. (Bailey Metal) site covers five acres approximately one mile northwest of Brady on US Highway 87. The facility is bounded on the east by US Highway 87 and a vacant property; on the south by railroad tracks; and on the north by the Brady ISD school-bus barn. As early as 1995, the facility reclaimed scrap metals. Bailey Metal closed in 1999 after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Several waste piles remained at the facility after it ceased operation.
Superfund Registry and Investigation
In April 2005, the TCEQ proposed the site to the state Superfund registry. In May 2006, TCEQ began the remedial investigation.