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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container Incorporated in Weirton, West Virginia

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The Facility operated four 7,000-gallon underground storage tanks (USTs) which were located in two different areas of the site. According to the 1993 Preliminary Assessment Report, these tanks were installed in 1965 and had no leak detection or secondary containment systems. In October 1990, the Facility elected to remove the tanks as they were no longer in use.  In accordance with the May 1987 Closure Plan, remaining drums of waste were shipped offsite and the area was cleaned with a non-toxic cleaning solution, inspected, and certified. The rinse water from the cleaning activities was shipped offsite for disposal. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) acknowledged receipt of Certificate of Closure for this unit in a letter to the Facility on August 4, 1987.  The letter also granted the Facility’s request to discontinue its interim status as a Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility (TSDF).

    Cleanup Status

    EPA met with the facility on October 6, 2009. EPA and the WVDEP will decide if additional information or sampling at the facility site is required to determine whether the environmental indicators have been met or if corrective action is required for the facility.

    In order to address the identified follow-up items, available data and reports are being reviewed by the EPA to determine the next steps in Corrective Action program and to make a determination with regard to the Environmental Indicators.

    EPA determined in August 4, 2010, that Corrective Action performance standards were attained and no further action was required.

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    Site Description

    Interactive Map of Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container Incorporated, Weirton, West Virginia


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    The Facility is located at 3028 Birch Drive, Weirton, West Virginia, which is in the Half Moon Industrial Park. The Facility was originally known as Continental Can until 1987, when it changed its name to the US Can Company. In 2006, US Can Company was purchased by Ball Aerosol and Specialty Container Corporation. Throughout these name changes, the Facility has conducted the same or similar process, which is the production of metal products used in aerosol cans.

    The Facility fabricates components used in the manufacture of several varieties of cans by shearing steel rolls into sheets that are then painted and cured in drying ovens. The steel sheets can then receive additional painting and decorating on printing lines

    The surrounding parking area is paved with asphalt and the entire site is enclosed by an eight-foot high chain link fence with an entrance gate, which is locked during non-operating hours. A concrete loading dock is located on the western side of the building, which has historically been used for storage of several dozen steel, 55-gallon drums containing unused product. Adjacent to the loading dock is a concrete platform, which is used during waste handling operations. Three one-foot wide by four-foot long abandoned trench drains are located in the pavement, below the platform. A maintenance shop and office are located in the southeastern corner of the production area.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    EPA has determined that its proposed decision for the Facility is protective of human health and the environment and that no further corrective action or controls are necessary at this time.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Institutional Controls were not required at the site.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

     The facility is in continued use.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of the EPA Region 3 with assistance from the WV DEP.

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