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Redwing Carriers, Inc. (Saraland)

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: ALD980844385
Location: Saraland, Mobile County, AL
Lat/Long: 30.808330, -088.073060
Congressional District: 01
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 02/21/90
Affected Media: Ground water, Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Site cleanup activities are complete
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: No
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Shelby Johnston (johnston.shelby@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Redwing Carriers, Inc. (Saraland) site includes the area where Redwing Carriers operated a trucking company from 1961 until 1971. In 1973, the area was redeveloped into an apartment complex. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated ground water, sediment and soil resulting from trucking company operations. EPA, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. By undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, ADEM and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 5.1-acre site is located in Saraland, a suburb of Mobile County, Alabama. Site surroundings include residential and commercial land uses. Residential areas border the site to the north, south and west. Commercial businesses border the site to the east. From 1961 until 1971, Redwing Carriers, Inc. owned and operated a terminal for cleaning, repairing and parking trucks at the site. Cleaning operations released hazardous substances onto the ground.

In 1973, Saraland Apartments purchased the site property and built an apartment complex subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Construction activities covered the sludge and contaminated soils with approximately five feet of clean soil. In 1984, ADEM investigated apartment residents' complaints about the tar-like sludge seeping to the surface at numerous locations.

In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The apartment complex was demolished in 2004. The vacant site is fenced and secured.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water, sediment and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste disposal practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRPs lead cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and ADEM.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1992, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

In 2000, EPA amended the site’s ROD based on data collected during cleanup activities in 1996 and 1997. The amended plan included the following activities:

In 2007, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to change cleanup levels for below-ground soil.

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD and ESD.

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Cleanup Progress

Between 1985 and 1994, Redwing Carriers, Inc. conducted periodic cleanups at the site. Beginning in 1996, EPA took over cleanup activities. EPA relocated 57 residents temporarily in 1996 and then permanently in 1997. EPA also dug up and disposed of approximately 20,724 tons of sludge, contaminated soil and debris off site.

In 2004, the site’s PRPs removed the Saraland apartment buildings, foundations, concrete walkways, asphalt driveways and parking areas. The PRPs completed soil contamination cleanup activities in 2007 and 2008. PRPs removed a total of 25,114 cubic yards of soil. The PRPs backfilled and graded the dug-up areas and installed six monitoring wells on site. PRPs conducted ground water sampling in 2008. In 2009, the PRPs installed three additional monitoring wells on a property next to the site.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with site PRPs to clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD online provides additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA has worked with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.

EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, fact sheets, interviews and public meetings.

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Future Work

The site’s PRPs continue to monitor ground water on and off site.

EPA plans to complete the site’s first Five-Year Review in 2014 unless the site is approved for delisting.

EPA is currently finalizing the Final Remedial Action Report for the site by addressing comments and concerns of ADEM.  EPA will pursue site delisting based on attainment of the ROD clean up requirements in 2015.

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Additional Information

EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

Site Repository

Saraland Public Library
111 Saraland Loop
Saraland, Alabama 36571

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