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Two Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Waste Sites Proposed to Superfund National Priorities List

Release Date: 1/19/1999
Contact Information: Ruth Podems (215) 814-5540

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today is proposing the addition of two new mid-Atlantic hazardous waste sites to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).  Nationwide, EPA is proposing the addition of a total of 11 sites and finalizing the addition of 17 previously proposed sites.

The newly proposed NPL sites in the mid-Atlantic region (Region III) are 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises in  Rosedale, Baltimore County, Md., and the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot in Suffolk, Va.

Once a site has been proposed to the NPL, there is a 60-day public comment period.  The proposed listing becomes final once the EPA has responded to all the public comments in writing.  The 60-day public comment period on the two newly proposed sites starts today, coinciding with the notice appearing in the Federal Register.

Sites placed on the NPL are eligible for long-term cleanup support by the EPA.  With the two new proposed sites, EPA Region III  has now proposed a total of 202 sites to the NPL since its inception in 1982.  Of these 202 sites, 183 have been finalized on the NPL, and 20 of these have been deleted following successful cleanup.

The 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises Site is an inactive landfill located near the boundary between the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County.  The landfill operated from 1953 to 1970, accepting industrial and commercial refuse, including uncooled incinerator ash.  In addition, pits were used for the disposal of waste oils.

Surface water bodies impacted by the 165-acre site include Herring Run, Moore’s Run, and Redhouse Run.  Herring Run is used for recreational fishing.  Hazardous substances detected at the site include volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals.

The Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot (FNOD) is a former 975-acre U.S. military facility.  The Army used the site from 1917 to 1950 for the preparation, processing, storage, shipment, salvage, reconditioning, and disposal of ammunition.  The Navy then used the site for ten years before it was declared excess.  A portion of the FNOD property is currently occupied by the Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College, but this is not one of the areas of concern.

Hazardous substances detected at FNOD include metals, explosives, volatile organic compounds, and s-emi-volatile organic compounds.  Groundwater has been contaminated with explosives, and sediments in the James River - which is used for recreational fishing - have been contaminated with metals, trinitrotoluene (TNT), and semi-volatile organic compounds.  At least two major development projects are planned for FNOD: Bridgeway Commerce Park in the west and the Hampton Roads Technology Park in the east.

The Superfund trust fund was established in 1980 to finance hazardous waste cleanups with taxes generated from chemical and waste producing industries.  Congress has not yet reauthorized the Superfund law, and the fund currently relies on its strong enforcement arm to seek reimbursement from companies that generate hazardous waste.

At 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises, EPA will work with the parties potentially responsible for the contamination to investigate and clean up the site.  At the Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, EPA will continue to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on site investigation and cleanup.



NPL Sites -- 1/19/99

Proposed and Final Listings
on Superfund National Priorities List

Proposed Site Listings

1. American Brass, Inc., Headland, Ala.
2. Vasquez Boulevard and I-70, Denver, Colo.
3. Central Wood Preserving Co., Slaughter, La.
4. Ruston Foundry, Alexandria, Va.
5. 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises, Rosedale, Md.
6. Armour Road, North Kansas City, Mo.
7. Newton County Wells, Newton County, Mo.
8. Pools Prairie, Neosho, Mo.
9. Georgia-Pacific Corp. Hardwood Sawmill, Plymouth, N.C.
10. Stanton Cleaners Area Ground Water Contamination, Great Neck, N.Y.
11. Former Nansemond Ordnance Depot, Suffolk, Va.

Final Site Listings

1. Lava Cap Mine, Nevada City, Ca.
2. Omega Chemical Corp., Whittier, Ca.
3. Pemaco Mayood, Maywood, Ca.
4. Delatte Metals, Ponchatoula, La.
5. Fridley Commons Park Well Field, Fridley, Minn.
6. Davis Park TCE, Gastonia, N.C.
7. North Railroad Ave. Plume, Espanola, N.M.
8. Federal Creosote, Manville Borough, N.J.
9. Hiteman Leather, West Winfield, N.Y.
10. Lehigh Valley Railroad, Le Roy, N.Y.
11. Mohonk Road Industrial Plant, High Falls, N.Y.
12. Smithtown Ground Water Contamination, Smithtown, N.Y.
13. Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing, Collinsville, Okla.
14. City of Perrytown Well No. 2, Perrytown, Texas
15. Many Diversified Interests, Inc., Houston, Texas
16. Pownal Tannery, Pownal, Vt.
17. Middlesex Sampling Plant, Middlesex, N.J.

Further information about these sites is available on EPA’s Internet site at: