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NPL Site Narrative for Continental Steel Corp.

Kokomo, Indiana

Federal Register Notice:  March 31, 1989

Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Continental Steel Corp. formerly operated on a 200-acre site at 111 South Main Street in a mixed-use area of Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Since 1914, the manufacturing processes and products have varied, but for much of its recent history Continental manufactured rods and wire products from low- and high-carbon steel recycled from steel scrap. Waste pickle liquor was collected in a 10-acre, 20-million-gallon surface impoundment constructed in 1946. The contents were processed through a neutralization system and discharged to Wildcat Creek.

In 1984, 1985, and 1986, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management identified chromium, cadmium, lead, and iron, constituents known to be in the impoundment, in on-site ground water. An estimated 1,600 people obtain drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site. The nearest well is 7,200 feet from the site.

Continental Steel filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Federal bankruptcy code on November 25, 1985, and ceased operations on February 21, 1986. The bankruptcy was converted to Chapter 7 on February 25, 1986.

The facility acquired Interim Status under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) when the owner filed a Notification of Hazardous Waste Activity and Part A of a permit application. This site is being proposed for the NPL because it satisfies a component of EPA's NPL/RCRA policy: the owner has demonstrated inability to finance appropriate remedial action by invoking bankruptcy laws.

Status (March 31, 1989): EPA is considering various alternatives for the site.

For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.

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