About the Cam-Or site
The 15-acre Cam-Or site is bordered by private homes to the east, by County Road 400 South to the north, an abandoned railroad easement and cultivated fields to the west, and SR2 to the south. The site is currently vacant, and a 6-foot high chain link fence surrounds the property to restrict access. It is located within an area designated as the West-Tech Redevelopment Area by the Westville Redevelopment Commission. Future use of the site has not yet been determined, but the commission is considering commercial redevelopment of the site and surrounding area.
Summary of site risks
People and wildlife that come in contact with soil at the site may face health risks, mainly from lead. There are many different health effects associated with lead exposure, including memory or concentration problems, nerve disorders, kidney damage, and learning disabilities and behavior problems in children. Small children or unborn babies are the most sensitive to lead exposure. People who are exposed to ground water lying underneath the site and nearby properties could experience harmful health effects from a range of chemicals including PCBs related to site activities.
- 1934-1987 Waste oil recycling operations were conducted at the site. During operations, 11 unlined lagoons were used to store waste oils. Oil and contaminated cooling water were released several times into the Crumpacker Ditch located south of the site. The refinery operations were stopped and the business closed in 1987 when the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and EPA required closure of some existing lagoons at the facility.
- 1998 EPA placed the property on the National Priorities List (NPL). Sites on the NPL list are among the nation's most hazardous waste areas and are eligible for cleanup under the EPA Superfund program.
- 2003 EPA and the identified responsible parties agreed to begin a workplan to cleanup the site.
- A plan was submitted in 2005 but was revised and finally approved in 2007.
See also the Site Description in the NPL Fact Sheet