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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: ATI Flat Rolled Products Holdings LLC (Formerly: Allegheny Ludlum Corporation) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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The facility entered a Consent Order and Agreement, (1983) and later a Consent Decree (1990) with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). The Order and the Decree addressed surface water and groundwater contamination, and the closure of the former waste impoundments. Investigation and remediation included surface water and groundwater monitoring and the  excavation of contaminated soil and sediment. The completion of the requirements under the Order resulted in a solid waste disposal permit for slag wastes and an National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for discharges to the unnamed tributary that’s connected to Saxman Run.

Cleanup Status

In August of 1999, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. 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. EPA has determined that both Environmental Indicators for human exposures and groundwater migration are under control. The facility will continue to implement the existing groundwater monitoring program to ensure that groundwater migration will continue to be under control.

On November 14, 2016, EPA issued a Corrective Action Statement of Basis for the facility of Corrective Action Complete with Controls, which comprise of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Residual Waste Operating Permit for the operation of the onsite residual landfill and the local ordinance that restricts the property for industrial use.   



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Site Description

Interactive Map of ATI Flat Rolled Products (Allegheny Ludlum Corporation) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania

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The Teledyne Vasco Company Latrobe facility is located in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, north of the Latrobe City limits. The facility, situated on approximately 80 acres of land, is bordered by woodlands on the northeast and south, and by Route 981 on the west.

Vasco was founded in 1922 at the current site. Ownership before 1911 is not known. Teledyne Vasco has owned the property and facility since the mid-1960's, when Teledyne bought into Vanadium Alloy Steel Company (VASC). In 1940, Vasco sold 6.5 acres of land in the center of the property to Toyad Company, which manufactures brassiere padding. The Toyad Company has since changed its name to Chestnut Ridge Foam Company.

From the mid-1960's to 1990's the company has manufactured high-speed tools and specialty steels. Teledyne Vasco did not produce an end product; it fabricated various sizes of rod and wire components used by other companies to manufacture specialty products, such as surgical needles, aircraft landing gear, and missile tools. Finished manufactured products consist of molded ingots and pressed bars.

In the late-1990's, Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. purchased the Vasco facility and changed the name to Allegheny Ludlum Corp Latrobe.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Recent groundwater data for the remaining monitoring wells detected comparable sulfate levels above regulatory limits in both the upgradient and downgradient wells. The exceedances are likely due to temporal and spatial variations in natural groundwater conditions. The facility will continue to monitor the wells on a semi-annual basis.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Insitutional Controls  include groundwater and land use restrictions. 

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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 (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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