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Chemet Company

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: TND987768546
Location: Moscow, Fayette County, TN
Lat/Long: 35.083610, -089.372490
Congressional District: 07
NPL Status: Proposed: 01/18/94; Final: 05/31/94: Deleted: 10/09/96
Affected Media: Soil, Debris
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Keriema Newman (newman.keriema@epa.gov)


Current Status

The Chemet Co. site includes the area where an antimony oxide facility operated from 1978 until 1987. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1994 because of contaminated soil and debris resulting from facility operations. EPA and the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment (TDHE, now the Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC) have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By cleaning up the site, EPA and TDEC continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 5-acre site is located on Highway 57, approximately one mile east of Moscow in Fayette County, Tennessee. The site includes three buildings and two ponds. Industrial land uses border the site to the north and west, a playground at LaGrange-Moscow Elementary School borders the site to the east and Highway 57 borders the site to the south. Site surroundings include rural and agricultural land.

From 1978 to 1987, Chemet Company operated an antimony oxide facility at the site. Operations included processing of lead-laden ore into antimony, a fire retardant and plastics strengthener. Operations stored wastes from the furnaces in unsecured stockpiles, bins, containers and barrels on site before disposing of the waste. Fencing surrounds the site and areas of off-site contamination to prevent people from coming into contact with contamination. In 1994, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil and debris that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations and waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include lead, arsenic and antimony.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

EPA led site investigation and cleanup activities in cooperation with TDEC.

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Site Cleanup Plan

Based on site investigation activities, EPA determined the site to be a candidate for cleanup under Superfund Accelerated Cleanup Model (SACM) guidelines. EPA designed SACM as a way to speed up cleanups and increase the efficiency of the Superfund process. Sampling surveys confirmed the site’s soil contamination. EPA determined that short-term cleanup activities under SACM would accomplish cleanup goals.

In 1996, EPA and the State of Tennessee issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site indicating there was no need for further action.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available online in the site deletion notice.

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Cleanup Progress

TDEC visited the site in 1983 and 1989 and found waste containing drums, two 15-gallon waste drums and several bags of soda ash. TDEC also found trespassers could easily access the site.

In 1990, TDEC secured the facility with a fence and removed approximately 300 tons of contaminated soil from an area north of Building No. 3. TDEC stored and locked the soil in Building No. 2.

In 1992, Chemet Company constructed a fence around areas of off-site contamination to prevent students and workers at the elementary school next to the site from coming in contact with contaminated soil.

Site cleanup activities under SACM occurred in 1994 and 1995. Cleanup activities included digging up, segregating and categorizing contaminated soil on site and at the LaGrange-Moscow Elementary School ball field. EPA dug up soil to a minimum depth of 6 inches across the site. EPA disposed of over 20,000 tons of nonhazardous contaminated soil at the South Shelby Landfill in Memphis and an additional 600 tons of contaminated soil off site. EPA disposed of over 120 drums of slag and 37 boxes of raw ore off site. EPA demolished, pressure washed and removed buildings from the site and closed an on-site private well. After digging up contaminated soil, EPA covered the site with a 6-inch layer of clean soil, reseeded the site with grass and repaired damaged sections of the site’s fence.

Following the completion of cleanup activities in 1996, EPA deleted the site from the NPL. EPA does not require additional monitoring of the site.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available online in the site deletion notice.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA funded and conducted cleanup activities under SACM guidelines.

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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 made sure the public remained informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices, interviews and information meetings.

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Future Work

EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 1996.

EPA does not require monitoring activities or Five-Year Reviews for the 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

Moscow City Hall
266 Fourth Street
Moscow, TN 38057

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