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Rochester Property

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: SCD980840698
Location: Travelers Rest, Greenville County, SC
Lat/Long: 34.971900, -082.501500
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/10/86; Final: 10/04/89; Deleted: 10/09/07
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Currently unused
Site Manager: Donna Seadler (seadler.donna@epa.gov)


Current Site Status

The Rochester Property site includes an area where waste disposal operations took place in 1971 and 1972. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water and soil resulting from waste handling practices. Following the removal of wastes at the site in 1990, EPA determined only ground water contamination remained at the site. EPA, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and the site’s primary potentially responsible party (PRP) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. The PRP cleaned up the site to levels that support unrestricted use and unrestricted exposure. EPA does not anticipate additional work at this site.

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Site Location and Background

The 4.5-acre site is located in a rural area in Greenville County, approximately three miles west of Travelers Rest, South Carolina. An unnamed tributary borders the site to the north and east. Another stream borders the site to the south. Several homes surround the site. The site’s broader surroundings include rural residences and agricultural land uses.

From 1971 to 1972, the site received wastes, including wood glue, print binders, powder materials, natural guar gums, adhesive for food packages and adhesive restick for envelopes. Operations placed the wastes in four trenches on site. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2007. The site is not in use. The site can support unrestricted use.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water and soil that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site.  Contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), trichloroethylene (TCE), di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) and manganese.

Following the removal of wastes at the site, EPA determined ground water was the only remaining contaminated media warranting cleanup.

Ground water contamination has been cleaned up to levels which support unrestricted use and unrestricted exposure.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s primary PRP led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and SCDHEC.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included using air sparging (PDF) (2 pp, 80K, About PDF) to inject air into the ground water to address contamination.

In 2002, EPA issued an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) to add the use of ozone to treat contaminated ground water during the air sparging process.

In 2006, EPA issued a second ESD to change cleanup level goals for manganese.

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

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Cleanup Progress

In 1990, the site’s PRP removed 1,500 cubic yards of contaminated soil and eight drums of waste from the site. Following the removal, EPA determined that no further cleanup activities for soil contamination were necessary.

In 1995, the PRP installed and began operation of the air sparging system.

In 2002, the PRP modified the air sparging system to include the use of ozone to address ground water contamination. 

In 2006, the PRP conducted the final sampling event at the site and found that ground water achieved cleanup level goals.

In 2007, EPA completed the Close-Out Report for the site.

The site’s second Five-Year Review, completed in 2005, found that the cleanup would be protective of human health and the environment following the achievement of ground water cleanup level goals.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s primary PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP funded site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA 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 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, community interviews and information meetings.

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Future Work

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2007.

EPA does not require additional Five-Year Reviews for the site.

EPA does not anticipate additional work at this site.

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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

Travelers Rest Branch Library
17 Center Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

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