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Harvey and Knott Drum
EPA ID: DED980713093
Kirkwood, DE 19708
New Castle County
Congressional District: 1st
Other Names: None
Last Updated: February 2014
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- The cleanup of this site was completed in June 1994, and a five-year review conducted in 2013 confirmed that the cleanup remedy remains protective of public health and the environment.
- The cleanup consisted of capping contaminated soil, excavating contaminated sediments, and continuous monitoring of the groundwater and surface water.
- The Harvey & Knott Drum site was an open dump and burning area between 1963 and 1969 on a portion of a 20-acre site.
- The facility accepted municipal and industrial wastes believed to be sludge, paint pigments, and solvents.
- Wastes were emptied into trenches or left in drums, some buried on site.
- The site is several hundred feet back from the highway in an open field and about 300 people live within one mile.
NPL Listing History
- In 1982 EPA put a fence around the disposal area and staged leaky drums for removal. Seventeen monitoring wells were installed to identify the nature and extent of groundwater contamination.
- In 1983 and 1984, 46 leaky drums were removed, a soil berm and surface drainage ditch were constructed.
- EPA entered into a mixed funding agreement with General Motors to design and implement the full remedy laid out in the 1985 Record of Decision.
- GM removed over 100 additional drums, 955 cubic yards of contaminated soil, and approximately 180,000 gallons of water pumped from the pond in the disposal area.
- The Record of Decision was modified in 1992. This modification, known as an Explanation of Significant Differences, included capping lead-contaminated soils, excavating the pond an sediments, and starting the groundwater/surface water monitoring program, which continues today.
- Specific contaminants found in the groundwater include volatile organic compounds, such as ethyl benzene and toluene. Heavy metals included arsenic, admium and lead.
- Heavy metals were detected in on-site sediments and surface water.
- Contaminants detected in soil and sediments include volatile organic compounds, heavy metals and PCBs.
- The groundwater/surface water monitoring program is ongoing and will ensure that the remedy continues to be protective of human health and the environment.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at: (ATSDR web site).
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Harvey and Knott DrumHarvey and Knott Drum site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Newark Free Library
Public Reading Room
705 Library Avenue
Newark, DE 19711
U.S. EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket
c/o U.S. EPA Region 3 Library
1650 Arch Street, 2nd floor (3PM52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- This site is not ready for unrestricted reuse and will continue to be monitored.
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