East 7th Street Drum
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Delaware
EPA ID# DESFN0305397
1st Congressional District
Last Update: May 2000
EPA will provide future updates on an as-needed basis.
Wilmington Drum Site
Current Site StatusIn September 1998, EPA responded to a request from DNREC to remove hazardous substances associated with drums and bulk containers located on site. This included contaminated soil with a few feet of the surface. EPA found that the subsurface contains household waste and debris which has elevated levels of lead and semi-volatile compounds and seemed to placed on site during the late 1960s. This area has been disturbed by EPA’s action to remove the drums and contaminated soil. All bulk containers associated with hazardous substances have been removed from the site. The OSC believes that all of the contaminated soil associated with the drums and bulk containers has also been removed. ATSDR, DNREC, and the City of Wilmington have agreed to covering the drum and tank removal areas with a barrier, soil, and vegetation to preclude any further direct health threat. EPA, ATSDR, and DNREC will continue to check on the cover through Summer 2000 to ensure its integrity. EPA will then turn the site back to the DNREC, City of Wilminton, and the property owner to determine its future use.
Site DescriptionThe site is located in the City of Wilmington, Delaware on the 7th Street Peninsula. The site is an inactive municipal waste landfill, which reportedly operated from approximately 1940 through the 1960s. The site has become a wooded area, bordered by the Brandywine Creek and the Christina River in an area generally used by industrial/commercial businesses.
Site ResponsibilityThis site has been addressed through a CERCLA-funded Removal action.
NPL Listing HistoryNot an NPL Site, being evaluated for Prospective Purchaser.
Threats and Contaminants
In 1998, drums were discovered on site that led DNREC to request assistance from EPA. Contaminants included the following:
- Acids, halogens, flammable solids, PCBs and dieldrin in drums
- Hexachlorobenezene in soils adjacent to a large tank
- Lead in soils in various locations and depths
- Arsenic, iron, manganese, and mercury in surface ponded water.
Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.