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Superfund Site Report: RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at proposal (October 15, l984): The Rhinehart Tire Fire Dump Site originally served as a storage area for 5 to 7 million tires. The 4.5-acre site is located in an agricultural area on the outskirts of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. The tires caught fire in October 1983. Subsequently, EPA spent $1.74 million in CERCLA emergency funds to control and collect 800,000 gallons of oily wastes, conduct environmental monitoring, and perform associated activities. According to EPA analyses, a variety of hazardous substances have been released to the air. In addition, monitoring by the State has indicated local ground water contamination from similar hazardous substances, including BENZENE. About 150 people use the contaminated aquifer within 3 miles of the site as a source of drinking water. In February 1984, the site owner consented to a CERCLA Section 106 order which required surface run-off controls specified by EPA. These measures were taken in August 1984. Status (June 10, 1986): In March 1985, EPA started a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action. The workplan for the RI/FS was recently completed.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Other
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    On-site ground water is contaminated with slightly elevated levels of ARSENIC, IRON and MANGANESE. Site soils are contaminated with elevated levels of ARSENIC, BERYLLIUM, IRON and MANGANESE. The surface water and sediments of the on-site impoundment and adjacent stream system are contaminated with elevated levels of ZINC. Test results revealed these surface waters to be acutely and chronically toxic. Exposure to contaminants may occur by inhaling, coming into direct contact with, or children incidentally ingesting contaminated ground water, surface water, sediments and soils. Eating trout with bioaccumulated contaminants from Hogue Creek is a health theat.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE  X  
    1,1,2-TRICHLOROETHANE  X  
    1,2-DICHLOROETHANE  X  
    ACETONE  X  
    BENZENEX X  
    CHLOROFORM  X  
    DICHLOROMETHANE  X  
    ETHYLBENZENEX    
    METHYL ETHYL KETONE  X  
    PHENOLX    
    STYRENE  X  
    TOLUENEX X  
    TRICHLOROETHYLENE  X  
    XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS)X 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 RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP:

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

    Overall site:
    Ground water migration:
    Air migration:


    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., VIRGINIA, or in FREDERICK 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
    Site Name: RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP
    EPA ID: VAD980831796
    Address: MT FALLS
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
    Other Names: RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP
      WINCHESTER TIRE FIRE
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Industrial Waste Treatment
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: June 10, 1986
     
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the RHINEHART TIRE FIRE DUMP Superfund site.
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