Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Galen Myers Dump/Drum Salvage Site covers 5 acres in Osceola, St. Joseph County, Indiana. During approximately 1960-82, the owner stored and recycled 55-gallon drums obtained from local industries. The tops were removed, the contents dumped into a pit and driveway, and the drums sold as trash containers. In an inspection in July 1984, EPA found many leaking and deteriorating drums on the site. In 1985, using CERCLA emergency funds, EPA removed 277 drums of waste and contaminated soils and transported them to a hazardous waste facility regulated under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Residential wells sampled at the time showed low levels of contamination. In late 1986 and 1987, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) found that soils were still significantly contaminated with organic chemicals. In addition, two of four downgradient private wells were contaminated with 1,1,1-trichloroethylene, 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE, and 1,2-DICHLOROETHANE at levels EPA considers unsafe. EPA provided mini-strippers and carbon filters for use in the contaminated wells. IDEM provided operation and maintenance. Soils on-site are sandy, making continued contamination of ground water possible. More...
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