Babcock & Wilcox Landfill
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Paul Gotthold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3410
- On December 20, 2006, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) issued a post closure permit to Babcock and Wilcox that required the company to monitor groundwater and maintain the cover for a closed landfill. The landfill was constructed with PADEP approval in 1989 to permanently dispose of approximately 50,000 cubic yards of electric arc furnace dust. This dust is a hazardous waste under Pennsylvania's authorized RCRA program.
- In May 2010, EPA issued a corrective action permit to Babcock and Wilcox in order to complete the administrative requirements of the RCRA permitting program. This EPA permit acknowledged Babcock and Wilcox's successful completion of the landfill closure and added that no additional conditions were necessary to protect human health and the environment.
- Babcock and Wilcox has established a Letter of Credit payable to PADEP in the amount of $1,059,125 to comply with RCRA financial assurance requirements. EPA expects that no further action is necessary.
- The Facility is a closed landfill, near Mount Street in parts of both Koppel and Big Beaver Boroughs, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The Facility is 5.3 acres and is surrounded by the IPSCO Koppel Tubulars Corporation steel plant, formerly operated by the Babcock and Wilcox Company.
- When the plant was sold in 1999, Babcock and Wilcox retained this 5.3 acre parcel and closed the landfill with PADEP approval and oversight. PADEP has issued a post-closure permit that requires Babcock and Wilcox to maintain the landfill and to monitor groundwater twice a year. The permit also contains contingent measures to remediate any future release to groundwater.
- Babcock and Wilcox operated a melt shop at the Koppel facility using electric arc furnaces (EAF) to melt steel. These EAF furnaces are equipped with baghouses that remove process dust from the exhaust. This dust is considered a hazardous waste due to the presence of lead, chromium, and cadmium. Babcock and Wilcox stored this dust outdoors in a large pile. In 1988, PADEP approved a plan to close the waste pile. Babcock and Wilcox constructed a double-lined landfill to permanently contain the material. The waste pile and contaminated soils were excavated and disposed in the new landfill. Closure was completed in 1989 with approximately 50,000 cubic yards of dust and contaminated soil contained in the landfill. Babcock and Wilcox sold the plant in 1999, but retained the landfill parcel.
- Groundwater monitoring of the area was initiated in 1982 and continues under the PADEP permit. Results reveal no significant impacts to the groundwater beneath the site.
- EPA's permit in 2010 to Babcock and Wilcox's acknowledged their successful completion of the landfill closure and added that no additional conditions were necessary to protect human health and the environment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pages, 29 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 26 KB, About PDF]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 6 pages, 37 KB, About PDF]
- Documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The facility is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact EPA Project Manager: Mr. Paul Gotthold (215) 814-3410.