begins soil clean up at Ellenville Scrap Iron
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) will begin to excavate contaminated soil on the
Ellenville Scrap Iron and Metal Superfund site in Ellenville,
New York and move it to the landfill on the property.
The landfill will then be securely capped to prevent contaminants
from leaching out of the landfill into the ground water. The
excavation of the soil, which is contaminated with hazardous
chemicals and metals, is the first part of a site cleanup plan
EPA selected in September 2010. Any of the excavated soil or
materials that are characterized as hazardous waste will be shipped
off-site for proper disposal.
EPA will perform its work at the Ellenville site in partnership
with the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The cleanup, which is
expected to cost about $8 million, is being paid for by EPA,
with NYSDEC contributing 10 percent of the funding. Cleanup work
at the site is expected to be completed this fall. No financially-viable
potentially responsible parties exist to perform or fund the
cleanup of the Ellenville site.
EPA will excavate contaminated soil from six different areas
at the site, consolidate the soil on the landfill portion of
the site and then securely cap the landfill. EPA will also install
a series of additional wells to monitor ground water around the
site to make sure it remains free of contaminants.
EPA added the Ellenville Scrap Iron Metal site to the Superfund
National Priorities List on October 7, 2002 after hazardous chemicals
were found in the soil there.
The 24-acre site, which was used for scrap metal operations from
the 1950s until the 1990s, is divided into upper and lower portions
by a landfill, approximately 40 feet high. Soil samples at the
site showed levels of semi-volatile organic compounds and heavy
From 1987 to 1998, the NYSDEC inspected the site numerous times,
conducted sampling and directed the owner to clean up on-site
debris. The Village of Ellenville also removed a large number
of tires from the site. During 2004 and 2005, EPA demolished
all of the buildings at the site, and disposed of waste oil tanks
and approximately 20 drums containing hazardous materials. In
addition, soil contaminated with lead was removed and disposed
In 2007, EPA began an investigation at the site to determine
the full nature and extent of contamination. The results of the
EPA investigation led to the selection of a cleanup plan by EPA,
in consultation with the public.