Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (September 5, 2002): The United Metals, Inc., site is located in Marianna, Jackson County, Florida, approximately 2.5 miles south of Interstate 10 and approximately 1,000 feet east of State Road 71. The site, which is now abandoned, was used primarily as a lead-acid and nickel-cadmium battery reclamation facility. The site is being proposed to the NPL because a release of lead, chromium, and other metals has been documented in facility soils, in a nearby wetland, and in a habitat used by a Federally threatened species. The release also poses a threat to a downstream recreational fishery and additional wetland areas. From 1979 until 1991, United Metals, Inc., processed and recycled used batteries within a 24-acre fenced area at its Marianna facility. In 1981, the facility processed as many as 10,000 to 12,000 batteries per week, resulting in 2,500 gallons of acidic wastes per day. Until sometime in the early 1980s, treated and possibly untreated wastewater from the recycling process flowed into a settling basin, then into concrete basins, and finally through a ditch to an unlined holding pond. A second holding pond was constructed to provide additional capacity, but allegedly was never used. The wastewater system eventually was modified so that the wastewater was stored in tanks, eliminating the discharge to the holding pond. The holding ponds subsequently were abandoned, dredged, and backfilled. More...