Peters Cartridge Factory
Community Involvement Coordinator
Virginia Narsete (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359
Remedial Project Manager
312-353-4627 or 800-621-8431, ext. 34627
Ohio EPA Project Coordinator
Southwest District Office - Dayton
(where to view written records)
Salem Township Library
535 West Pike St.
Morrow, OH 45152
County Administration Building
406 Justice Drive
The Peters Cartridge site is a partially abandoned manufacturing facility located at 1415 Grandin Road, Kings Mills, Ohio. The site is made up of two areas. Area A is about 15 acres located along the south valley wall of the Little Miami River. Area B is 56 acres of wooded land on the borders of Area A. Buildings at the site were constructed in 1916 as a munitions manufacturing facility. The site is occupied by several small businesses. Contaminated soil and ground water (underground water supplies) were found in Area A.
The DuPont Co. purchased the Peters Cartridge property from the Remington Arms Co. EPA considers DuPont to be legally responsible for the pollution investigations and cleanup activities at the site.
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EPA hopes that cleanup work will start at the Peters Cartridge site this summer. EPA will schedule an open house to share information with the community about the cleanup work and also about the change in the cleanup alternative for the site. This is called “Explanation of Significant Differences” or ESD. The cleanup actions to take place will:
- Dig up surface soil contaminated by past manufacturing processes. The soil will be removed, combined and covered to stop people from coming in contact with the contamination.
- Excavate soil and material deposited in the drainage culverts and sediment in the drain outlets and shoreline areas and consolidate the materials on-site.
The Peters Cartridge Site has been finalized to the Superfund program National Priorities List (NPL). The site was proposed to the NPL in 2003 and has been managed under another option for Superfund sites that need long-term cleanup, known as the Superfund Alternative Approach. The National Priorities List is EPA's list of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for long-term cleanup. EPA identifies parties potentially responsible for the contamination. For sites without a viable responsible party, EPA investigates the full extent of the contamination before starting any significant cleanup. When a site is added to the NPL it is eligible for financial resources to fully characterize the extent of the contamination and develop a cleanup plan.
How a site is listed
EPA uses a mechanism called the Hazard Ranking System to place hazardous waste sites on the NPL. This is a scoring tool using initial and limited investigations to assess the potential that the site poses a threat to human health and the environment. Scores are based on the potential of hazardous substances spreading from the site and on other factors such as density and how close the contamination is to people .
EPA began the remedial design and remedial action (RD/RA) negotiation process with the potentially responsible parties in 2010. The RD/RA designs and starts construction of site cleanup. Potentially responsible parties is the term EPA uses for persons or businesses who may be responsible for causing the contamination. The negotiations ended in October 2011 without a signed consent decree. The consent decree is the legal agreement reached between EPA and the potentially responsible parties.
EPA can order the potentially responsible parties to perform cleanup work if the parties do not sign the consent decree. Using an order known as a Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO), EPA can require potentially responsible parties to perform cleanup work. The UAO for the remedial design and remedial action was issued on March 30, 2012. The DuPont Co., who EPA considers responsible for the cleanup activities, started the design process on April 29, 2012.. EPA has started the process to place the site on the National Priorities list, which is a list of uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for long-term cleanup action.
Negotiations are ongoing and EPA is working on an agreement for DuPont to do the cleanup work. EPA expects that construction for site cleanup will start in June 2012.
The Record of Decision which explains the cleanup option selected for the Peters Cartridge facility site was issued on September 28, 2009. The cleanup option selected for the site is excavation and on-site consolidation of contaminated soils with "institutional controls" such as zoning and use restrictions, soil management plans, restrictive agreements, public notices and posted signs.
The ROD was issued after completing the remedial investigation and feasibility study, a study of the nature and extent of contamination and potential cleanup options and getting public input to the proposed cleanup plan for the site.
- EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Ammunition Site (PDF) (8pp, 870K) June 2009
- Environmental Investigation Work Nears Completion (PDF) (2pp, 1MB) March 2009
- Transcripts of the proposed plan meeting held July 15, 2009 (PDF) (34pp, 60K) July 15, 2009
Monthly Progress Reports
- June 2009 (PDF) (2pp, 32KB)
- May 2009 (PDF) (4pp, 266K)
- April 2009 (PDF) ( 2pp, 34K)
- February 2009 (PDF) (2pp, 34K)
- January 2009 (PDF) (2pp, 28K)
- December 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 34K)
- November 2008 (PDF) (2pp.,27K)
- October 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 29K)
- September 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 29K)
- August 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 27K)
- July 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 18K)
- May 2008 (PDF) (2pp, 18K)
- April 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 19K)
- March 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 20K)
- February 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 19K)
- January 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 22K)
- December 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 20K)
- November 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 20K)
- October 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 19K)
- September 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 27K)
- August 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 27K)
- July 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 34K)
- June 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 30K)
- May 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 27K)
- April 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 29K)
- March 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 29K)
- February 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 29K)
- Record of Decision (PDF) (140pp, 13MB) September 2009
- Feasibility Study Report (PDF) (153pp, 5.85MB) June 2009
- Final Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (24pp, 819K) April 2009
- Final Remedial Investigation Report (PDF) (180pp., 597K) February 25, 2009
- ATSDR Public Health Assessment for Peters Cartridge Factory , March 24, 2006 (PDF) (21pp, 350K) March 2006
- Biological and Water Quality Study of the Little Miami River - Peters Cartridge Area, Ohio EPA (PDF) (36pp, 1.3MB) November 2007
- Administrative Order on Consent and Remedial Investigation and Facility Study statement of work (PDF) (74pp, 4.6MB) June 2004