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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: July Products (Formerly: J and L Specialty Steel, Incorporated) in Midland, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

On July 1999, EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) conducted a site visit. The visit consisted of a facility tour and information gathering to assess the current status of the Facility. No obvious areas of concern were identified during the visit. After an extensive review of existing information and the site visit, EPA determined that there is no unacceptable human exposure to contamination nor is there any evidence of groundwater contamination caused by the Facility. Furthermore, EPA concludes that there have been no past or current releases that warrant further investigation or corrective action at this Facility at this time. On July 2000, EPA issued a Final Determination that no further corrective actions are necessary at the Facility at this time.

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Site Description

Interactive map of July Products (Formerly: J&L Specialty Steel, Incorporated), Midland, PA

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At present, J&L manufactures various grades of stainless steel. Plant operations are divided into two principal areas, steel manufacturing and finishing. The steel manufacturing process consists of the electric arc furnace (EAF), argon-oxygen decarburization (AOD) vessel, continuous slab caster and slab grinding. The process begins with the melting of scrap metals in the EAFs. The melted metal is transferred to the AOD vessel where it continues to be chemically refined. Afterwards it is casted into slabs, the surface area grounded, then hot rolled into bands. The bands are then sent to the finishing operation.

The finishing operation consists of the hot anneal & pickle (HAP) line, cold anneal & pickle (CAP) line, Z-mills, temper mill, shear/slitters and wastewater treatment process. The operation involves annealing, cooling and pickling of the steel bands to specifications. The bands are then reduced in the "Z" mill rollers to produce the desired thickness. Once the thickness is achieved, the steel is annealed, pickled and ready for shipment.

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Contaminants at this Facility

There are no unaddressed releases of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents from the Facility and that no further corrective action or land use 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 under continued use.

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Site Responsibility at this Facility

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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