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The on-site chemist performing a screening test via HazCat techniques at the Superior Barrel & Drum site. Containers located in Area 2 that have been staged for inventory, identification and sample collection at the Superior Barrel & Drum site. On-site personnel over-packing a drum that was leaking at the Superior Barrel & Drum site.

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Nearly 2,200 containers were removed from the site, many holding hazardous substances. EPA removed over 215,000 gallons of hazardous chemical waste for treatment and disposal. In July 2014, EPA removed the last of the hazardous waste from the Superior Barrel and Drum Site.
Examples of containers located on site. Examples of containers located on site. Examples of containers located on site.
Examples of containers located on site. Examples of containers located on site. Examples of containers located on site.
Examples of containers located on site. Examples of containers located on site. Container Assessment at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site
Container Assessment at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site Drums at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site Drum at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site
Main Building and Drums at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site Leaking drums have eaten away the flooring in part of this trailer at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site. The weight of the drums caused the trailer floor to collapse at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site.
Heavy equipment is necessary to remove the drums located deep inside the trailer at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site. Sampling teams use supplied air for breathing and monitor the ambient environment with multi-gas meters at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site. Designated waste stream areas at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site.
Designated waste stream areas at the Superior Barrel & Drum Site. Fencing divides the property into several zones according to the site’s Health and Safety Plan. This reduces possible movement of contamination from the site. Air monitoring stations are located at breathing level around the perimeter of the site for the protection of public health.  This air monitoring station is located along the tree line, at the end of the tracks in the snow.
Close-up of one of the perimeter air monitoring devices, which measures levels of oxygen, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, hydrogen sulfide and the lower explosive limit in the atmosphere. The monitoring devices  send wireless signals, including any warnings, to personnel at the site’s command post. A view of one of the on-site areas where drum sorting is still occurring.  This area formerly contained nearly 1,000 containers in a densely packed arrangement.  Fire extinguishers are placed at strategic locations throughout the site. Another area where drum sorting is still occurring.
The Command Post for the site. Properly packaged and sorted containers within the on-site warming room, where containers with frozen contents will thaw prior to shipping.  These containers await their proper shipping labels. Properly packaged and sorted containers within the on-site warming room, where containers are grouped by similar characteristics and thaw prior to shipment.  These containers await their proper shipping labels.
Samples from individual containers on-site.  Many of the on-site containers had multiple layers of material inside.  Materials with similar characteristics and properties are put into groups so composite samples can be collected.  This allows the on-site chemist to determine what waste group and shipping group are most appropriate for each container. The on-site laboratory, where samples from each container are stored and processed. All on-site materials are grouped according to their characteristics, so those with similar properties can be transported and disposed of together.  The waste groups are segregated at the site in preparation for shipping.  This photo shows groups of flammable and combustible bases.
All on-site materials are grouped according to their characteristics, so those with similar properties can be transported and disposed of together.  The waste groups are segregated at the site in preparation for shipping.  This photo shows a group of combustible materials.    


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