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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Jamestown Paint Company in Jamestown, Pennsylvania

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On August 14, 1980, James Spring and Wire submitted its initial Notification of Hazardous Waste to EPA for its generation of hazardous wastes (hazardous waste code: F001 spent nonhalogenated solvents), F006 (wastewater treatment sludges), F007 (spent cyanide plating solution), and F009 (spent stripping solution). On November 14, 1980, the Facility submitted to EPA its Part A Permit Application for storage and treatment of these wastes in drums and tanks, and on August 6, 1981, EPA granted the Facility interim status for treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste.

Cleanup Status

In 1992, six large aboveground tanks containing mineral spirits, naptha, paint thinners and xylene were removed. Soil and groundwater sampling in the area indicated the presence of naptha, mineral spirits and xylene in the groundwater. A soil vapor extraction system was implemented under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) to remediate the area. On September 5, 1997, PADEP approved a post remedial monitoring report, indicating that no further action was required for this area.

In 1999, EPA performed an Environmental Indicator on-site inspection.

In 2003, Jamestown completed a Phase II Subsurface Investigation Report

In 2003, PADEP indicated that the Department would require the submittal of a formal Notice to Remediate (NIR) if Jamestown wanted to pursue an Act 2 (Land and Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act) release of liability. This would be a voluntary action by Jamestown.

The Facility achieved corrective action complete without controls in July 2008.

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Site Description

Interactive map of Jamestown Paint Company, Jamestown, PA

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Since 1885, this 9.5 acre Facility has manufactured paints and varnishes. Up until 1971, the Facility used a 50 foot diameter burn pit to dispose of paint related wastes. In 1973, Jamestown removed six to seven feet of contaminated soil from the burn pit, and transported offsite for incineration. The area was backfilled and made into a baseball diamond. A site inspection of the burn pit area was conducted in August 1987 by EPA. Sample locations included the main burn pit area, a process well, and a highway drainage ditch. The EPA inspection concluded that, "There are no expected threats to human health or the environment, based on the contaminants and conditions of exposure."

There are presently three main waste streams from operations at the Facility, they are solvent based, water based and solids. Wastes are separated, stored and disposed of according to composition. Wastes are stored onsite less than ninety days before being transported off site for disposal.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Potential contaminants of concern at the Facility include volatile organic compounds and heavy metals associated with paint related wastes.

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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 (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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