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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: United Environmental Group Incorporated in Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

EPA/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) visited the facility, and meet with company representatives on April 23, 2014.  EPA/PADEP are reviewing existing environmental information to determine if further investigation is required.  EPA/PADEP will focus first on the health and groundwater impacts, if any, presented by the facility.  Once EPA/PADEP completed this review process in June 30, 2015, and a groundwater environmental indicator determination was posted to this website.

Cleanup Background

On May 21, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) received the Hazardous Waste Permit Renewal Application from United Environmental Grou (UEG). By email, UEG notified that they were no longer pursuing a permit, as they had closed the facility in June 2013. The hazardous waste permit expired on October 3 I, 2013; however, the residual waste processing permit remains active. At the site visit, UEG stated the facility was not in operation. Prior to closing the facility, in May 2013, the tanks were cleaned and sludges removed. As rainwater still runs through the process system, the facility is still discharging to the Allegheny County Sanitation Authority (ALCOSAN). Some of the equipment was auctioned by Yoder & Frey, heavy equipment auctions.

Prior to UEG, Penn Tank Disposal, Inc. (PTD or facility), formerly located at 237 McAleer Road, cleaned used tanks, some containing gasoline and waste oil high in lead in the sludge, and operated under US EPA Identification (ID) number PAD982662116. PTD is not registered in the USEPA's Envirofacts database. Petroleum Industry Maintenance, Inc. (PIM or facility), located at 289-B McAleer Road (P AD982662116), was a company categorized as a Service Station Equipment Installation and Repair Contractor. (Note: UEG and PIM shared the facility location; however, they conducted business in separate buildings. A lease line separated the operations.) PIM operated under USEPA ID PAD987283140. PIM also used ID PAD982662116, per the USEPA's database. PIM is registered in the USEPA's Envirofacts database; it states the facility was never regulated as a TSD facility, just as a protective filer.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of United Environmental Group Incorporated, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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United Environmental Group, Inc. facility (UEG or facility), a company formed in 1993, is located at 241 McAleer Road, Sewickley, Ohio Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. UEG was a residual and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility that received and processed residual and hazardous waste for the retail petroleum industry. All waste was processed at UEG or shipped off site for proper disposal. UEG was not a burial facility or incinerator.

The UEG property (24I McAleer Road, 6.232 acres; Parcel 608-H-97) is owned by Klesic Enterprises LP (Allegheny County tax records). Operations were performed in the eastern portion of the property (1.5 leased acres), along McAleer Road. Klesic Enterprises LP also owns the property north of this property ( 43,560 square feet; Parcel 608-H-I 75), which appears to be used in the operations as outside storage, and the property east of McAleer Road (39, 770 square feet; Parcel 608-H-88), which appears to be used for parking and open land. Parcels 608-H-97 and 608-H-88 were purchased by Richard M. and Joan E. Stanley on July 12, 1984; parcel608-H-175 was purchased on May 5, 1997. All three parcels were sold to Klesic Enterprises LP on December 1, 1999. A 1995 drawing ofthe drum storage layout identifies a lease line across the property.

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Contaminants at this Facility

UEG, was a large quantity generator (LQG) of hazardous waste and a transporter/transfer facility of hazardous waste that received hazardous waste from off site. UEG was a transporter/transfer facility of used oil.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

The need for Institutional Controls is yet to be determined.  

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The facility is unused.

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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 from PADEP.

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