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Superfund Site Report: HITEMAN LEATHER
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (September 29, 1998): The Hiteman Le ather Company site is located at 173 South Street (Route 51) in the rural Village of West Winfield, Herkimer County, New York. the site is approximately 14 acres in size and is bordered to the n orth by private residences, to the east by South Street, to the s outh by the Unadilla River, and to the west by the West Winfield Cemetery. The features of the site are generally comprised of se veral deteriorating buildings, three interconnected wastewater se ttling lagoons (30 to 50 feet by 150 to 340 feet each), a 2-acre wetlands area adjacent to the lagoons, and a section of the Unadi lla River. The site was operated as a leather tanning facility from 182 0 to 1968 when it was closed, and has been inactive ever since wi th the exception of utilizing the buildings for storage intermitt ently. During the time the facility operated, the leather manufa cturing process underwent several major changes. The raw ingredi ents used during the tanning process evolved from vegetable-based (tree barks) products to mineral-based (CHROMIUM salts) products and acid solutions. However, comparable changes in the treatmen t and disposal of the operation's wastewater were not made. By 1 964, approximately 180,000 gallons of industrial wastewater were discharged from the tannery daily.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    CADMIUM X   
    LEAD X   
    MERCURY X   

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for HITEMAN LEATHER:

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

    Overall site:
    Surface 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
    EPA ID: NYD981560915
    Address: 173 SOUTH ST (ROUTE #51)
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: January 19, 1999
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
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