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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Shenandoah Recycling Incorporated in Staunton, Virginia

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The Shenandoah Recycling facility, in operation since 1967, maintains and repairs trucks, and trash compactors. Historically the facility was a transporter of solid and hazardous wastes; however, the facility is not currently registered as a transporter of hazardous waste.

    Cleanup Status

    During filling operations of an Underground Storage Tank (UST), one documented release occurred. During this event, less than 50-gallons of diesel fuel were discharged onto the ground surface. During fueling operations, the hose containing fuel was removed from the UST, and the fuel was allowed to discharge onto the ground. This release occurred north of the silo from a UST system that has since been removed. The impacted soil was excavated, placed on plastic sheeting, and turned to encourage biodegradation of the fuel. Once biodegradation was complete, the soil was placed at an unknown location on-site.

    A Final Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Site Visit Report was issued on March 13, 2007, for the Facility. A Statement of Basis (SOB) was noticed in The News Virginian on April 21, 2009. The EPA issued its Final Decision regarding the Facility on May 28, 2009, stating that Corrective Action was Complete without Controls.

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    Site Description

    Interactive Map of Shenandoah Recycling Incorporated, Staunton, VA

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    The facility is located on an approximately 300-acre parcel of land in a rural residential and agricultural area. The facility is comprised of a vehicle maintenance building, barn, office building, and silo. The closest surface water body is Poor Farm Draft, approximately 300 feet north of the facility. All raw hazardous chemicals and wastes currently stored at the facility are stored in areas with impermeable floor surfaces and most have secondary containment.

    The facility maintains two diesel fuel Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) on the northern portion of the site. Two diesel fuel Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) have been removed from the site. Used oil is stored in small ASTs in the maintenance building. The facility also has one 3,000-gallon diesel AST and one 8,000-gallon (estimated) diesel AST.

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      Contaminants at this Facility

      Diesel fuel discharged on ground is primary concern.

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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

      RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of the EPA Region 3 with assistance from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

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