Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal
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Dave Kluesner (212) 637-3653
EPA added the Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal site in the Village of Ellenville, New York, to the Superfund National Priorities List on October 7, 2002 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soils. The 24-acre site located in Ulster County was used for scrap metal operations in the 1950's. The site is divided into upper and lower portions by a landfill, approximately 40 feet in height. Soil samples at the site showed levels of semi-volatile organic compounds, as well as various metals.
From 1987 to 1998, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) inspected the site numerous times and directed the owner to cleanup on-site debris. As an immediate action, the Village of Ellenville conducted a preliminary debris removal and a large tire removal. In 1995, the property owner installed a monitoring well on-site. During November and December 2004, EPA performed a Removal Action which involved the demolition of all on-site buildings and the disposal of waste oil tanks and approximately 20 drums containing hazardous materials. In addition, residential soils contaminated with lead were removed and disposed of off-site.
In 2005, EPA performed further removal cleanup actions. Various piles of debris were disposed of and scrap metals were recycled. Abandoned dumpsters, cars, trucks and other heavy equipment were dismantled and either recycled or used as scrap. All contaminated soils were tested and removed. Additional field activities were initiated in 2007. Activities included: soil gas survey, surface soil sample collection, installation of monitoring wells, and the collection of ground water, surface water, and various site-related liquids. In September 2010 EPA selected a final cleanup plan for the site. In May 2010, EPA began excavation and consolidation of contaminated soil on-site. The landfill was securely capped to prevent contaminants from leaching out of the landfill into the ground water. Monitoring wells were installed, the landfill area fenced off and the landfill cap seeded with new vegetation. The cleanup was completed in Fall 2011. The site is now in an Operations and Maintenance phase.