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Tricities Barrel

Site Description

TriCities Barrel, a 14.9acre site in the Town of Fenton where, from 1955 to 1992, used drums were reconditioned. The drums were washed with a strong caustic agent as part of the reconditioning process. The wastewater from this process was then discharged into unlined lagoons and allowed to evaporate. In 1980, the company cleaned out and backfilled the lagoons and now stores the wastewater in a holding tank before it is disposed of off-site. Osborne Creek crosses the northern part of the site. Local residents use surface water downstream of the site for recreation. Approximately 3,500 people obtain drinking water from wells within 3 miles of the site.

Site Responsibility:

This site is being addressed through federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.


Proposed Date: 05/05/87
Final Date: 10/04/89

Threats and Contaminants

The ground water contains polychlorinated biphenyls, volatile organic chemicals, semi-volatile organic chemicals and heavy metals. The soil is contaminated with a variety of organic compounds and heavy metals. Direct contact with or ingestion of contaminated ground water or soils may pose a health threat. There is fishing and boating activity about a mile south of the site. In addition, surface water is used for irrigation at two nearby farms.

Cleanup Approach

This site is being addressed in two stages: immediate actions and a longterm remedial action focusing on the cleanup of the entire site.

Response Action Status

Immediate Actions: Containers, drums, and tanks containing unknown solids and liquids were found inside two buildings. Because of the concern that their presence could increase the risk of fire, toxic vapor release, and/or further contamination of the site, on September 25, 1996, EPA and the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) entered into an Administrative Order on Consent for a removal action. From October 1996 through January 1997, a removal action was performed which resulted in the disposal of all on-site containers, drums, and tanks, decontamination and removal of equipment that was used during the operation of the drum reconditioning business, and the decontamination, demolition, and disposal of all structures located on-site.

Entire Site: In May 1992, pursuant to an Administrative Order on Consent with EPA, the PRPs initiated a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) to determine the nature and extent of contamination at and emanating from the site and to evaluate remedial alternatives. The RI and the FS reports were completed in the summer of 1999. EPA conducted a public meeting in February 2000 to present the conclusions of the RI/FS, further elaborate on the reasons for recommending the preferred remedy, and receive public comments. A remedy (which includes the excavation and off-site treatment/disposal of the contaminated soils and sediments and the extraction and treatment of the contaminated ground water) was selected for the site on March 31, 2000.

Site Facts: In 1984, EPA fined the TriCities Barrel Company for failure to label hazardous wastes properly. In May 2000, EPA commenced negotiations with the PRPs for the performance of the design and construction of the selected remedy.

Cleanup Progress

(Immediate Threat Mitigated by Physical CleanUp Work)

By removing 350 drums and decontaminating and removing all containers, tanks, process equipment, and site buildings, the potential for exposure to contaminants at the site has been greatly reduced.

Site Repositories

Fenton Town Clerk's Office, 44 Park Street, Port Crane, N.Y. 13833

EPA Region II Superfund Records Center, 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866


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