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U.S. EPA REGION 5
BOONE COUNTY
LEBANON

Congressional District # 4

WEDZEB ENTERPRISES, INC.

EPA ID# IND980794374
Last Updated: March, 2012

Site Description

The Wedzeb Enterprises, Inc. site is situated on three-quarters of an acre in Lebonon, Indiana, approximately thirty miles northwest of Indianapolis. Wedzeb bought used electrical equipment for resale and stored it in two warehouses.  Various types of electrical equipment, including electrical capacitors and transformers containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), were stored on the site. A fire completely destroyed one of the warehouses in 1981.  According to inventory records, this warehouse contained seventy-seven tons of electrical capacitors, some of which exploded in the fire.  The water used to put out the fire mixed with contaminants from the capacitors and subsequently dripped onto the ground and flowed into a sanitary sewer line.  PCBs may have been released into the environment as a result of the fire, and contaminants may have been washed into the ground as the fire was extinguished.  In 1981, the Indiana State Board of Health and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collected samples which confirmed concentrations of PCBs in sediment from the sanitary sewage treatment plant as well as traces of dioxin and furans in the sediment and other soil samples from locations on or near the site.

Approximately 11,455 people live within a three mile radius of the site, and about three hundred  homes are located within five hundred feet of the site.

Site Responsibility

This site was addressed through federal and state actions.

Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater contains low levels of dioxins and furans that do not pose a risk to people or the environment.  On-site sediments and sediments located in the sanitary sewer pipeline system near the site, were contaminated with PCBs, dioxins, and furans.  Soils contained low levels of PCBs, dioxins, furans, and other organic compounds.  Low levels of PCBs were found in the interior warehouse surface samples.  The site is now clean, and there is no threat to public health or the environment. 

Cleanup Progress

Wedzeb Enterprises, Inc. installed a fence and a windbreak around the site in 1985 to minimize migration of dust off the site.  EPA removed fifty boxes, containing contaminated on-site surface soils and debris, from the area surrounding the warehouse on the eastern part of the site in 1987. The contaminated soils and debris were shipped to an EPA-approved disposal facility. The contaminated soil was replaced with clean fill.  More than two hundred and fifty drums and a three pound capacitor were shipped offsite for incineration. 

The EPA and the State of Indiana made repeated attempts to compel Wedzeb Enterprises, Inc., the potentially responsible party (PRP) for site contamination, to clean up the site between 1981 and 1985. Further enforcement efforts resulted in Wedzeb Enterprises, Inc. submitting a cleanup plan for the site in 1985; however, Wedzeb Enterprises, Inc. never initiated cleanup activities. 

The EPA selected the following methods to address site contamination: cleaning the sewer lines with hydraulic jets and vacuum pumping to remove contaminants; inspection of the sewer pipe; disposal or incineration of contaminated sediment; filtering sewer sediments and discharging clean water to the publicly owned treatment works; and removal disposal of the wastes generated by the investigation into the nature and extent of contamination at the site.

The State completed cleanup activities in late 1990, and EPA deleted the site from the National Priorities List on September 10, 1991. 

Contacts

Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
Giang-Van Nguyen (nguyen.giang-van@epa.gov)
(312) 886-6726

 

Aliases

WEDZEB ENTERPRISES INC

 

Site Profile Information

This profile provides you with information on EPA's cleanup progress at this Superfund site.

 


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