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Congressional District # 09


EPA ID# IND040313017
Last Updated: February, 2015

Site Description

The 14 acre Seymour Recycling Corporation site is located approximately two miles southwest of Seymour, Indiana. From 1970 to 1980, the site was operated as a processing center for waste chemicals. Wastes were accumulated onsite in drums, bulk storage tanks, and tank trucks. By 1980, there were approximately 98 storage tanks and 50,000 drums onsite. The facility closed in 1980. Surface drums and tanks and their contents were removed in 1981 and 1982. Approximately 100 homes are located within one mile of the site. Nearby private water supply wells for these residences have been disconnected and replaced with water from the city of Seymour water supply system.

Site Responsibility

This site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Threats and Contaminants

The majority of the drums were rusted or punctured, some were missing lids, and a large number leaked. The leaks caused contaminants to cover a widespread area, toxic vapors to be released from the site, and onsite fires. Contaminated soils polluted the aquifers. The shallow aquifer is highly contaminated with various hazardous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Contaminated runoff from the site entered nearby drainage ditches that flow into Van Fange Ditch and then to the White River. Releases of contaminants from the site resulted in local stream fish kills.

Cleanup Progress

The cleanup involving the 50,000 drums and 98 storage tanks took place between December 1982 and January 1984, under an agreement with site responsible parties (RPs). Under this agreement, the top 12 inches of soil were also removed from about 75 percent of the site area and transported to permitted disposal sites. An additional agreement with RPs allowed for the 1985 extension of Seymour's municipal water supply to about 100 homes in the nearby Snyde Acres subdivision. After an additional investigation between 1983 and 1986, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) issued an initial Record of Decision (ROD) in September 1986 and a comprehensive ROD in September 1987. U.S. EPA, IDEM, and approximately 150 responsible parties signed a comprehensive Consent Decree (CD) in December 1988. The four components of the remedial cleanup activities included: the construction and operation of a groundwater pump and treatment system; construction and operation of a soil vapor extraction system; land farming bioremediation nutrients into the contaminated source area at the site; and the construction and maintenance of a multi-layer hazardous waste cap over the source area. Construction of an interim groundwater pump and treatment system occurred in 1987 and 1988. A permanent pump and treatment system along with the other remedial construction components took place between 1989 and 1991. A Preliminary Close Out Report detailing completion of site construction activities was written and signed in September 1993. The completion of the soil portion of the remedial action was documented in September 1996. A five-year review inspection and report was completed in March 1997 and found that the remedy remains protective of human health and the environment. A second five-year review was completed in March 2002, which outlined the shut down of the groundwater pump and treatment system that had been operating for over 12 years.  An explanation of the significant difference document was completed and signed in December 2002.   A third five-year review inspection and report was completed in March 2007.  The site was classified as Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use (SWRAU) on April 8, 2008. A fourth five-year review report was completed in February 2012.  The Seymour Recycling Site remains in the operation & maintenance phase of the remedial cleanup, and is classified as protective of human health and the environment in the short-term.  


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
jeffrey gore (gore.jeffrey@epa.gov)
(312) 886-6552

Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA
janet pope
(312) 353-0628




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