16th Street Quarry
EPA ID: DESFN0305308
New Castle County
Congressional District: 1st
Other Names: None
Last Updated: October 2011, Updates on an as-needed basis.
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William D. Steuteville
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- Site cleanup has been completed. A total of 17 drums and one tank were removed and disposed of in 1998.
- Quarry sediments were sampled, and contained no significant contamination. No further cleanup is necessary at the site.
- The 16th Street Quarry is a long-abandoned, water-filled, historic, hard-rock quarry. It covers approximately 2 acres and is up to 60 feet deep.
- It is located on the grounds of the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club within 200 feet of the Brandywine Creek and it borders the Diamond State Salvage Site.
- The Site was of concern because it was reported that Wilmington Police/Fire Dive teams once used the Site for practice dives. While attempting to remove one of the discovered drums, it opened. The divers experienced burning (itching) skin and eyes.
- EPA later sampled a drum found near the quarry and found Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the drum.
NPL Listing History
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- In October 1998, EPA removed 17 drums and 1 tank from the 16th Street Quarry Site.
- The drums were among approximately 45 submerged drums found in up to 50 feet of water.
- Of the 45 drums, 28 were found to be empty.
- The 17 drums found to be relatively intact and containing something were pulled from the quarry, over packed and sampled. One of the drums was found to contain hazardous substances in low concentrations. All 17 drums were properly disposed.
- 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 68th Street Dump site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Contact Ben Prestianni at 302-571-7406
10th and Market Streets
Wilmington DE 19801
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
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