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Superfund Site Report: CONTINENTAL STEEL CORP.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Continental Steel Corp. formerly operated on a 200-acre site at 111 South Main Street in a mixed-use area of Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Since 1914, the manufacturing processes and products have varied, but for much of its recent history Continental manufactured rods and wire products from low-and high-carbon steel recycled from steel scrap. Waste pickle liquor was collected in a 10-acre, 20-million-gallon surface impoundment constructed in 1946. The contents were processed through a neutralization system and discharged to Wildcat Creek. In 1984, 1985, and 1986, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management identified CHROMIUM, CADMIUM, LEAD, and IRON, constituents known to be in the impoundment, in on-site ground water. An estimated 1,600 people obtain drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site. The nearest well is 7,200 feet from the site. Continental Steel filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the Federal bankruptcy code on November 25, 1985, and ceased operations on February 21, 1986. The bankruptcy was converted to Chapter 7 on February 25, 1986.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Landfill
    • Manufacturing process
    • Storage - raw material
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contamination due to the presence of various VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS), POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS), and several metals, including LEAD, has been found on and near the site.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for CONTINENTAL STEEL CORP.:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Ground water migration:

    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., INDIANA, or in HOWARD County by EPA Hazard Ranking Scores.

    *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
    EPA ID: IND001213503
    Address: 1111 S MAIN ST
    KOKOMO, IN 46902
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: March 31, 1989
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the CONTINENTAL STEEL CORP. 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

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the CONTINENTAL STEEL CORP. Superfund site.
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