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Parson's Casket Hardware Co.

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones (jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Syed Quadri

(quadri.syed@epa.gov)
312-886-5736 or 800-621-8431, ext. 65736

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Ida Public Library
320 N. State st.
Belvidere, Illinois

Background

This six-acre, former factory site is located on the northeast side of Belvidere in Boone County, Illinois.  The Parson’s Casket Hardware Company manufactured decorative metal fittings for caskets at this location from the early 1900s until 1982. The factory used hazardous chemicals. Also,  hazardous waste by-products were generated as a result of the manufacturing process. Contamination that was generated included solvents, electroplating sludge, cyanide plating solutions; plus bronze, nickel, and brass sludges. In 1982, the Illinois Environmental protection Agency found that approximately 120 drums of hazardous waste were stored inside and outside the factory.  Many were dented, corroded, leaking, or uncovered.  Also, approximately 4,800 gallons of wastes were stored in above-ground and underground tanks. An unlined lagoon contained about 166,500 gallons of liquid wastes and 1,230 cubic yards of sludges.  Although these wastes were removed by the Illinois EPA in 1985, sampling data, collected by the state in 1987, indicated that the groundwater under the site was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  While the former factory site itself is only about 6 acres, the area covered by the groundwater contamination plume is at least 75 acres in size and perhaps more since the northern limits of this plume have yet to be identified.

In May 2007, EPA completed its first Five-Year Review of the site.  The review was restricted in scope to the cleanup undertaken by the Illinois EPA concerning Operable Unit 1, the site’s contaminated soil.

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March 2012

 Illinois EPA completed a Feasibility Study for the groundwater plume in 2004 and a Record of Decision, or ROD, for Operable Unit 2, was signed in 2005.  As of November, 2011, the EPA is conducting an investigation to determine the viability of the groundwater remedy selected in the 2005. EPA is currently engaged in search for potentially responsible parties who may have contributed to the contamination and should participate in the groundwater cleanup.  The site’s second five-year review is now underway and will be completed by the end of May, 2012.

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