IMPORTANT NOTICE – Please Read
Beginning October 1, 2015, this website will undergo improvements. During this time, access to some information may not be immediately available. For assistance locating information, please contact the Community Involvement Coordinator listed below in the "Contacts" section of this page. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your access to site information.
12th Street Dump
EPA ID: DESFN0305510
Wilmington, DE 19802
Congressional District: 1st
Other Names: None
Last Updated: June 2004
- EPA will provide future updates on an as needed basis.
On This Page
- In February 2009, the U.S. District Court for Delaware approved two settlements between the United States and the parties responsible for the contamination at the 12th Street Dump.
- One settlement, with MA Hanna Plastics, was for $3.6 million in past cleanup costs. The other settlement, with the Wilmington Economic Development Corp. (WEDCO) was for $120,000 in cleanup costs, and it required that WEDCO sell the property and pay 50 percent of the proceeds to the United States, with a minimum additional recovery of $40,000.
- In 2000, EPA conducted an emergency removal of abandoned drums and related wastes along the Brandywine Creek which runs adjacent to the 12th Street Dump.
- No further EPA cleanup is planned at this site.
- The 12th Street Dump consisted of an abandoned dump of industrial materials along the bank of the Brandywine Creek.
- It was remotely located and surrounded by dense vegetation.
- There was an area of contaminated soil that contained the remnants of buried drums.
- Erosion of the creek bank exposed the drums.
NPL Listing History
|Status: Not Listed||Proposed:|
- There is no history of cleanup at this site, only the emergency removal of abandoned drums and wastes in 2000.
- The dominant hazardous substance found at the site is lead in the soil and the creek sediment.
- Other hazardous substances in the soil and sediment include arsenic, chromium, and other metals, as well as toluene in drum residues.
- The lead potentially poses a threat to the aquatic environment.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at: (ATSDR web site).
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket
c/o U.S. EPA Region 3 Library
1650 Arch Street, 2nd floor (3PM52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. $Fee$ for requests over 100 pages.
- This is Superfund: A Community Guide to EPA's Superfund Program (PDF) (12 pp, 1.1MB)
- Federal Register
10/12/07: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act