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Continental Steel

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Remedial Project Manager
Nabil Fayoumi (fayoumi.nabil@epa.gov)
312-886-6840 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66840
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management Project Manager
Pat Likins
(plikins@idem.IN.gov )
317-234-0357 or 800-451-6027

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Kokomo/Howard County Public Library
Genealogy Section
220 North Union Street
Kokomo , IN

Background

From 1914 through 1986, the Continental Steel Corp. facility produced nails, wire and wire fence from scrap steel on a 183-acre facility in Kokomo. Manufacturing operations in the steel plant and on other portions of the property included the use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials. Steel-making operations had included reheating, casting rolling, drawing, pickling, galvanizing, tinning and tempering.

After the company filed for bankruptcy in 1986, EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management investigated the plant and property and found soil, sediments, surface water and ground water contaminated with volatile organic compounds PCBs and several metals, including lead. Lead contamination was also detected in some nearby residential soils.

The site is located in a mixed residential, commercial, and industrial area and is mainly zoned for general use. The closest residents are located within 100 feet east of the property fence line, along South Leeds Street.

This large sprawling cleanup site has six operable units:

  1. the ground water contamination (OU1);
  2. the Lagoon Area (OU2);
  3. Wildcat and Kokomo Creeks (OU3);
  4. the Markland Avenue Quarry (OU4);
  5. the Main Plant (OU5);
  6. and the Slag Processing Area (OU6).

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Latest Update:

In April 2009, EPA received almost $6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to complete needed cleanup at two problems at the 183-acre Continental Steel Superfund site: the former Slag Processing Area and the site's contaminated ground water. The ARRA funding helped accelerate the cleanup of hazardous waste hazardous waste on the site. In the process, total of 15 Indiana contractors or subcontractors were involved in the ARRA-funded work, creating at least 45 temporary jobs.

In August, 2010, using the ARRA funds, EPA completed the cleanup of the former slag processing area of the Superfund Site. Approximately 86,000 tons of slag were moved to the site's acid lagoon area for use as fill on that portion of the site. Two feet of clean soil were used to cap the former slag processing area, leaving it suitable for potential redevelopment. ARRA funds were also used to address contaminated groundwater at the site. This work included extensive groundwater sampling to determine the contaminated plume area and installation of groundwater extraction and monitoring wells. Three wind turbines will be used to generate much of the power needed to operate the groundwater extraction system.

Site cleanup was completed in 2011

Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act - Continental Steel, Kokomo, Indiana

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