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Sharon Steel Corporation (Farrell Works Disposal Area)
EPA ID: PAD001933175
Farrell, PA 16121
Congressional District: 4th
Other Names: None
Last Updated: January 2015
- Proposed Plan OU-2 - September 2012 (PDF) (33 pp, 2.12 sMB)
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- The EPA completed the remedial design for Phase 1 of Operable Unit 1 (OU-1), on September 30, 2012. In Phase 1, the OU-1 remedy will be constructed over a 61.4-acre portion of OU-1 that lies north of Ohio Street. The OU-1 remedy includes 1) regrading and contouring on-site contaminated slag piles; 2) capping the area with a mixture of biosolids (treated sewage sludge from a local wastewater treatment) and the onsite slag to provide a growth medium for vegetation and reduce the mobility of metal contamination in the slag; and 3) stormwater erosion control measures.
- The biosolid cap, which will eventually cover 61 acres and blend into the natural environment. It will also reduce movement of metals in the groundwater, minimize runoff into the Shenango River, and reduce dust blowing from the slag.
- The EPA completed a Record of Decision (ROD) for an interim remedial action at the Operable Unit 2 (OU-2) portion of the site on December 19, 2013. The ROD requires an asphalt cover to be placed on 33 acres of the site, so that the two businesses located there can operate safely.
- The Sharon Steel Corporation Farrell Works Disposal Area Site covers about 325 acres in Mercer County, including 100 acres of wetlands, located within a few hundred feet of the Ohio border.
- The site is southwest of the former Sharon Steel Corporation Farrell Works facility, and is bordered on the east by the Shenango River.
- Starting in about 1900, Sharon Steel used the area of the current Superfund site to dispose of several different types of slag and sludge.
- From 1949 to 1981, millions of gallons of spent “pickle liquor” acid (acid used to cure or finish the steel) were dumped over the slag, with the thought that the acid would partially evaporate and then be neutralized by the slag.
- The result of mixing the pickle liquor with the slag and sludge was groundwater and soil contaminated with metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs and pesticides.
NPL Listing History
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- The Phase 1 remedial investigation to pinpoint areas of soil and groundwater contamination was started in 1999 and completed in 2001.
- The investigation included an endangered species snake survey, sampling for contaminants of concern, and a human health risk assessment to determine the risks posed by contaminated surface waste, surface soil, subsurface soil, and groundwater.
- A Phase 2 investigation was done, from 2002 to 2003, to fill data gaps from Phase 1. In addition, a wetland assessment, ecological characterization, biota assessment, and a sediment and hydro-geological assessment of the deeper groundwater aquifer were also conducted as part of this effort.
- In 2006, EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection finalized the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Report and the Proposed Plan for OU-1 which outlined the preferred cleanup options.
- The Record of Decision (ROD) for OU-1, the formal document outlining the final cleanup plan, was signed in November 2006.
- The cleanup plan includes 1) regrading and contouring contaminated slag piles and covering them with a biosolid cap, as described above; 2) stormwater erosion control measures; 3) construction of wetlands; and 4) long-term monitoring of groundwater and the Shenango River to ensure that the cleanup remedies are working.
- The EPA completed a Record of Decision (ROD) for an interim remedial action at the Operable Unit 2 (OU-2) portion of the site on December 19, 2013.
- Contaminants detected in soil, slag, sludge and groundwater included metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides.
- Groundwater from the site flows away from the residential wells and toward the Shenango River. Therefore, the site groundwater does not impact residential wells.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the environmental arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Sharon Steel Corporation (Farrell Works Disposal Area) site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Record of Decisons
ATSDR's Public Health Assessment Sharon Steel Farrell Works Site - OU2 Proposed Plan Meeting - October 4, 2012 (PDF)(23 pp, 3.10 MB)
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|Ponds on the southern half of the site.||Aerial View|
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- Proposed Plan OU-2 - September 2012 (PDF) (33 pp, 2.12 MB)
- Federal Register
July 3, 2000: Notice of Proposed Prospective Purchaser Agreements Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.
- Press Release
09/20/2000: Slag from Sharon Steel to be Reused Under Innovative Agreement
- Public Notice
07/26/2006: A Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the Stey-Nevant Public Library, 1000 Roemer Boulevard, Farrell, PA. EPA
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- A prospective purchaser, Farrell Slag, Inc., is currently reusing slag from the site to produce asphalt on the southern half of the site. This party has a beneficial reuse and mining permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to ensure that the asphalt use is carried out safely.