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Superfund Site Report: VERTAC, INC.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (October 1981): The Vertac, Inc., Site covers 92 acres in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Since the late 1940s, insecticides and herbicides have been manufactured at the site. As a result of inadequate waste disposal methods and production controls, soil, surface water, and ground water have been contaminated by insecticides, herbicides, chlorinated phenols, and DIOXIN. In 1980, the Department of Justice (DOJ) brought, on behalf of EPA, a Federal civil action seeking injunctive relief against Vertac, which now owns and operates the site, and Hercules, Inc., the former owner. The State also filed against the two companies, and the cases were consolidated. In April 1980, a hearing on a preliminary injunction resulted in Vertac being required to (1) drain and cover a contaminated basin, (2) treat the drained liquids, (3) install a cut-off wall and drain around the basin, and (4) complete the capping of all disposal areas. This work was completed in the summer of 1981. Status (July 1983): To address remaining contamination problems that could not be addressed in the preliminary injunction or that required further study, EPA, the State, and DOJ negotiated a Consent Decree with Vertac which became effective in early 1982.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Manufacturing process
    • Other
    • Recycling (Other than primary operation)
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Storage - raw material
    • Underground injection
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    2,4,5-T    X
    2,4-D    X
    TOLUENE    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for VERTAC, INC.:

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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: VERTAC, INC.
    EPA ID: ARD000023440
    Address: MARSHALL RD
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Chemical Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the VERTAC, INC. Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 2
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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