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Superfund Site Report: WAYNE WASTE OIL
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): Wayne Waste OIL, a division of Wayne Reclamation and Recycling, Inc., owns a 27-acre site in Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. From 370,000 to 1.4 million gallons of wastes were dumped on the surface, into unlined pits, and into a trench. Analyses indicate high levels of CYANIDES, LEAD, CHROMIUM, and ZINC. The site is bordered by residences and a lumber yard on two sides, and a bend of the Blue River on the other two sides. Three public wells are located within 220 yards of the site. The primary concern is the threat to ground water. There are open, leaking drums on-site and waste areas that have been covered with sands, as evidenced by disturbed surface soils. Status (July 1983): The State is performing a health risk assessment on the site. The final report is due in late 1983.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Landfill
    • Recycling (Other than primary operation)
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater contains VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) including BENZENE, TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) VINYL CHLORIDE, and TOLUENE. Soil contains VOCS, which could further contaminate the groundwater. Currently, the city wells, which are located at the northern boundary of the site, are not contaminated. All residences are connected to the municipal water supply. If migration of site-related contaminants through groundwater occurs, area residents could be exposed to these pollutants when consuming or using drinking water. To prevent unauthorized entry onto the site, a fence has been installed around the perimeter of the site. The Blue River borders the site on the east and south. Cleanup systems will prevent site-related contaminants in groundwater and soils from migrating into the river.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    CADMIUM    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: 5,001 - 10,000
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 5,001 - 10,000
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for WAYNE WASTE OIL:

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

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:

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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: WAYNE WASTE OIL
    EPA ID: IND048989479
    Address: DANIEL DR PO BOX 467
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Industrial Waste Treatment
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 297
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 1
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: 1 - 10%

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