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Nexeo Solutions LLC, (Formerly Ashland Chemical Company), Willow Springs, Illinois

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Congress amended the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in November 1984, expanding the Act's cleanup provisions and prompting EPA and its state partners to develop the RCRA Corrective Action Program. The program oversees the investigation and cleanup of nearly 4,000 hazardous waste sites across the country, including many with risks comparable to Superfund sites.

    Cleanup Status

    Proposed Remedy Summary

    EPA is proposing that Ashland implement the following remedy at the Facility to address on-site subsurface soil and groundwater contamination:     

    • Establish institutional controls to prohibit the installation of groundwater supply wells at the Facility, to protect construction workers from exposure to contaminated subsurface soils and groundwater, and to limit current and future land uses to those consistent with industrial or commercial activities at the Facility;
    • Continue pump and treatment of the glacial water-bearing zone groundwater on site;
    •  Implement monitored natural attenuation to assess the effectiveness of removing the source of the groundwater contamination and to monitor the long-term stability and natural attenuation of the contaminants in the groundwater; and
    • Demonstrate financial assurance that Ashland will have adequate funds to complete the construction as well as operation and maintenance of the selected remedy.

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    Site Description

    The Former Ashland Chemical Company’s Facility is located at 8500 South Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, Illinois, 1,300 feet north of the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Willow Springs, Cook County, Illinois. The Facility occupies approximately 13 acres and contains a truck loading and unloading area, a rail car transfer area, a warehouse, and several above-ground product storage tanks. The property is bordered to the northwest by a United Parcel Service distribution center, to the west by Valvoline, and to the southwest and southeast by Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad.

    The Schott Metal Products Company (Schott) is situated on an approximately 4-acre site located adjacent to the Tuscarawas River in Springfield Township, Summit County, Ohio.  Schott has been manufacturing automobile parts (stamping and tool and die operations) at this location since 1948.  The facility currently consists of several buildings including offices, manufacturing (which formerly included casting for stamping dies and a paint line), and warehousing.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    Historical contaminates of concern on-site are: tetrachloroethene (also known as perchloroethylene), benzo(a)pyrene, and trichloroethene, 1,2-dichlorobenzene, 1,3-dichlorobenzene, 1,4-dichlorobenzene, benzene cyclohexane, chlorobenzene, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, ethylbenzene, toluene, trans-1,2-dichloroethene, xylenes, and vinyl chloride.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Ashland is operating a groundwater interceptor trench system with a water treatment system to treat impacted groundwater. The Facility is fenced, and access is controlled by a maned guard station. 

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The Facility is in use by Nexeo Solutions LLC, as a warehouse and container distribution center. Nexeo sells solvents, acids, caustics, and other chemicals to industrial customers.

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    Site Responsiblity at this Facility

    Ashland retained the environmental responsibility in the transfer of ownership to Nexeo Solutions LLC. 

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