EPA Proposes Removing Part of Summit National site, in Deerfield, Ohio, from Superfund List
Public Comment period ends May 2
CHICAGO (March 31, 2022) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a 30-day public comment period on its proposal to delete the land/soil portion of the Summit National site in Deerfield, Ohio, from Superfund’s National Priorities List, or NPL. Cleanup continues at the groundwater portion of the site which remains on the NPL along with surface water and sediment areas.
The 11.5-acre site at 1240 Alliance Road is located on a former coal strip mine containing a coal wash pond and stockpile. From 1974 to 1978, the site was used as a waste disposal facility for oil, resin, paint and metal-plating sludge, and flammable, chlorinated solvents. Some waste was incinerated and some was buried or dumped on the soil. The groundwater, soil, surface water, and sediments were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, volatile organic compounds, phenols, phthalates, and heavy metals.
The cleanup involved removing over 17,000 drums and tanks from the site for off-site disposal and excavating 18,600 tons of contaminated soil for on-site thermal treatment. The treated soil was tested, retreated if needed, backfilled onto the site, covered by 2-foot soil cover and then revegetated. Regular groundwater monitoring over the last 16 years confirms that groundwater contaminants (above drinking water standards) are not moving off-site.
Additional information about the site and the proposed partial deletion can be found in EPA’s report here: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/972988.pdf and the docket index with links to site Reports: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/2004150.pdf
EPA’s full proposal and additional reports about the site are available in the NPL deletion docket at https://www.epa.gov/superfund/summit-national under “Site Documents & Data.” Information is also available at the Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio.
The NPL tracks the nation’s most contaminated sites that threaten human health or the environment. Sites on the list are eligible for cleanup under the Superfund program; and once all the remedies are successfully implemented, EPA removes sites or parts of sites from the list.
EPA’s comment period begins March 31 and closes May 2. The public may submit comments by:
- Online: https://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2021-0815
- Email: Deletions@usepa.onmicrosoft.com
For more information: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/summit-national
EPA expects to finalize the deletion in a Federal Register notice issued in August 2022.