Consolidated Iron and Metal
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EPA added the Consolidated Iron and Metal site in the City of Newburgh, New York to the Superfund National Priorities List on June 14, 2001 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. The seven acre superfund site located in Orange County contains an inactive car and scrap metal junk yard facility. The consolidated Iron facility consisted of tire and scrap metal piles, a smelter used to melt various metals, a compactor, and a metal shear. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) inspected the facility from 1997 to 1999. NYSDEC found oil and other waste liquids on the facility soil and storm water being discharged into the Hudson River without appropriate testing or permits. The facility ceased operations in 1999. Sampling performed by EPA indicated that surface and subsurface soils are impacted by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air, pesticides, PCBs, and metals. PCBs and metals have also been detected in the Hudson River across from the site.
In 1999, EPA removed an estimated 6,600 tons of scrap metal. EPA constructed a berm from site soils to prevent storm water from carrying site contaminants into the Hudson River. A security fence was constructed around the site. In order to determine the nature and extent of the contamination at the site, EPA conducted a clearing of the site. The site clearing included the removal of tires, scrap metal, concrete, lead impacted soils and hydraulic oil from the site and the demolition and clearing of the buildings on-site.
After the site was cleared in 2003, EPA studied the site and decided on the best clean up approach. Among other things, the clean up calls for the removal and disposal of approximately 68,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site and backfilling it with clean fill. In 2008, EPA began preparing the site for the final clean up. These preparatory activities include the demolition and removal of remaining building foundations, the removal of scrap metal, debris, and contaminated soil.
This site is being addressed through Federal Actions. EPA’s efforts at the site are coordinated with the NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health in planning future activities. Under current conditions at this site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.