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EPA ID: ALR000037929
Location: 611 Finley Island Road, Decatur, AL 35601

Lat/Long: 34.6217, -87.0519
Congressional District: 05
Affected Media: Soil
Cleanup Status: Ongoing
Site On Scene Coordinator: Steve Spurlin

Site Background

Biological Processors of Alabama located in Decatur, Alabama was referred to the Emergency Response and Removal Branch by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  BPA is a centralized waste treatment facility that collected, treated and discharged wastes to the Decatur Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Wastes reportedly exceeded the limitations established by the Decatur WWTP and discharging was halted.  ADEM placed an order on the facility following the violations reported by the Decatur WTP.  Attempts to contact the property owners and operators have been unsuccessful.

On January 20, 2009 EPA On-Scene Coordinator Subash Patel visited the Site with representatives from ADEM.

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Threats and Contaminants

Hazardous substances, including phosphoric acid, hydrochloric acid, and sodium hydroxide are stored on-site. There are large portable storage tanks, fixed ASTs, tanker trailers, open pits and sumps, drums, storage totes, and significant process related equipment abandoned on the property. Releases were observed from the open pit, the ASTs, and the tanker. Leaks were ovserved from various piping, probably as a result of cracking due to winter freezing. It was also observed that liquid wastewater from a frac tank was released off-site via a roadside drainage ditch during a heavy rain event.

Sample result collected to characterize the nature of the materials on-site indicate numerous hazadous substances including the eight Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) metals, semi volatile organics, volatile organics, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons such as lead, chromium, selenium, styrene, acrylonitrile, and pheonl. Several areas of stained soils, believed to be associated with releases of substances stored in the tanks and tankers, were observed at the facility, including visable stained soils in a roadsite drainage ditch leading off-site.

These wastes are hazardous substances as defined in Section 101 of CERCLA and established under Section 102 or CERCLA at 40 CFR Par 302/Table 302.4.

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Site Cleanup Plan

The emergency response phase addressed site stabilization and security.  Once the Site was stabilized, a removal site evaluation was conducted to determine whether the Site would transition into a time-critical removal action. The Site was determined to be an imminent and substantial threat to the public health, or welfare, or the environment. A Time-Critical Removal Action Memorandum was approved on May 12, 2009.  This memorandum outlined the removal activities at the site.  The Site will be addressed in two phases.  Phase 1 will address the the more prominent threats.  These include above -ground storage tanks (ASTs), facility piping, secondary containment units, bulk containers, abandoned tanker truck(s), and any impacted soils.  Phase 2 will include process equipment located inside the building and fractionation (frac) tanks.

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Enforcement Activities

Investigations have indicated that there are viable potentially responsible parties (PRP) for the site contamination. EPA continues to move forward in efforts to recover past response costs and require the PRPs to conduct the response action at the Site.

General Notice letters were sent to ten (10) PRPs including owner, generators and transporters.  EPA is still reviewing responses to Information Request letter sent to over 100 parties.  EPA will try to negotiate an AOC with interested parties.

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Community Involvement

EPA will be conducting a range of community involvement activities at the Biological Processors site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process.


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Future Work

To review planned future activities at the site as well as Pollution Reports describing activities to date, please follow this link.

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Site Administrative Documents

Site Repository

A site information repository has not yet been established for the site. As new documents are generated, they will be placed in an information repository for public information.

For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.

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