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Consolidated Iron and Metal
Newburgh, New York

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Site Description

The Consolidated Iron and Metal site was a car and scrap metal junkyard located in the City of Newburgh, Orange County, NY. The 7-acre facility, which operated from the mid-1950s until 1999, borders the Hudson River in a mixed industrial, commercial, and residential area. During its more than 40 years of operation, scrap metal processing and storage operations took place at the facility. Smelter operations occurred between 1975 and 1995. Site activities led to contamination of surface and below-the-surface soils by volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-VOCs, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • In 1999, EPA removed processed soil and waste piles contaminated with lead and PCBs from the site. The material was disposed at a licensed facility. Also in 1999, EPA constructed a berm from site soils to keep storm water from carrying site contaminants into the Hudson River.
  • In 2002, the Agency constructed a security fence around the site to respond to local concerns about trespassing and scavenging.
  • In 2002, the City of Newburgh and Orange County removed 15 loads of tires (10,000-20,000 tires) and 8 loads of scrap metal from the site.
  • In 2003, EPA undertook a comprehensive site clearing effort to prepare the site for the cleanup investigation sampling. The operation included the removal of tires, scrap metal, concrete, lead-impacted soil and hydraulic oil from the site. The effort also included the demolition and clearing of several buildings.
  • In October 2006, EPA issued a cleanup plan, which calls for the removal and disposal of approximately 68,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site and backfilling with clean fill.

Current Funding Status

  • In Fiscal Year 2008, EPA obligated approximately $650,000 for long-term cleanup activities including the removal of building foundations, oil-stained soil, and scrap metal.
  • To date, EPA has obligated a total of nearly $2.7 million for cleanup activities at this site.

For more information on this site, please read the Consolidated Iron and Metal site fact sheet (PDF) (3 pp, 7.5K, http://www.epa.gov/Region2/superfund/npl/0204175c.pdf) on the Region 2 Superfund web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • Removed processed soil and waste piles in excess of 6,600 tons in 1999
  • Cleared site of 30,000 tires, 1,450 tons of scrap metal, 380 tons of concrete, 1,900 tons of lead-contaminated soil; and demolished and removed site buildings in 2003
  • Selected comprehensive cleanup plan in 2006
  • Completed initial long-term actions, including the removal of building foundations, oil-stained soil, scrap metal, a truck frame, and abandoned barges in 2008 to allow for the future removal of 68,000 cubic yards of soil


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