EPA Announces Removal Action at the Lane Plating Superfund Site in Dallas, Texas
DALLAS, TEXAS – (November 3rd, 2022)- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a removal action at the Lane Plating Works, Inc., Superfund site that includes demolishing the former electroplating facility and excavating contaminated soil. EPA’s decision to move forward with the removal action follows reports of trespassers breaking into the building at the site, potentially exposing people who enter the building to unacceptable levels of hexavalent chromium dust.
“This action highlights years’ worth of progress between EPA, resident leaders and local authorities,” said Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance. “This brings us one step closer to removing all contaminated materials from the area. The Lane Plating site will continue to receive EPA’s support and attention until all issues are addressed.”
The removal action will include demolition of the electroplating facility, excavation of contaminated soil to a depth of about five feet in the area near the facility, and disposal of contaminated soil and building material at an appropriate landfill. EPA will also conduct additional soil sampling and air monitoring to ensure hazardous dust is contained during the removal action. The agency will continue working on the long-term cleanup of the site to address other contamination found at the site.
EPA continues to work with the Lane Plating Community Advisory Group (LP CAG), community leaders, and the city of Dallas to keep the community near the Lane Plating site informed about issues related to the site. With the assistance and dedication of local stakeholders, EPA continues to prioritize community engagement for the site. EPA and the LP CAG plan to host a community meeting regarding the removal action at the Highland Hills Library on November 19 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will cover details about work planned at the site and provide an update on the ongoing long-term cleanup at the site.
Lane Plating Works, Inc. is the site of a former electroplating facility located in South Dallas that operated for more than 90 years. Due to violations, investigations and a bankruptcy filing, the facility shut down in 2015 and large volumes of liquid plating wastes were left at the site. Since the site was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2018, EPA has removed 188,000 pounds of waste material and worked with local and city officials on clean up strategies. Please see the Lane Plating Superfund website for additional information.
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