Alternate Energy Resources
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: GAD033582461
Location: Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
Lat/Long: 33.455606, -082.042408
Congressional District: 08
NPL Status: Proposed: 9/14/05; Final: 4/19/06
Affected Media: Soil, Ground water
Cleanup Status: Study Underway: physical cleanup activities have not yet started
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Bennett Giezelle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Current Site Status
The Alternate Energy Resources Inc. site includes the area where a commercial hazardous waste storage and treatment facility operated from 1976 until 2000. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 2006 because of contaminated soil and ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD) and the Alternate Energy Resources (AER) PRP Group, the site’s potentially responsible parties (PRPs), have investigated site conditions and taken steps to clean up the site in order to protect people and the environment from contamination. Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. By conducting cleanup activities, EPA, Georgia EPD and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from contamination.
The 2.6-acre site is located at 2736 Walden Drive in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia. The site also includes an area of contaminated ground water south of the site property boundary. Site features include four buildings, three sheds, a portable storage building and several concrete pads. Abbott Oil Company borders the site to the north, a CSX rail line borders the site to the south and industrial and commercial land uses border the site to the east and west.
AER operated a commercial hazardous waste storage and treatment facility at the site from 1976 until 2000. Operations included blending materials for use as fuel, treating and recycling wastes. Operations did not recycle all wastes and released some wastes into the ground, storm sewer and basins on site. In 2000, AER declared bankruptcy.
In 2006, EPA listed the site on the NPL. The site is vacant. Gates and fencing control access to the site.
Site investigations found contamination in soil and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from waste handling practices at the site. Contaminants of concern include toluene, heptane, trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachlorethene (also known as PCE or PERC).EPA assessed whether residents or workers might be at risk from harmful ground water vapors in buildings. EPA found that vapor intrusion did not pose a threat to residents and workers.
Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight
AER PRP Group, the site’s PRPs, lead site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and Georgia EPD.
Site Cleanup Plan
In 2010, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:
- Using low-level heat to pull contamination from soil.
- Using chemicals on site to break down soil contamination.
- Mixing soil with a solidifying reagent.
- Adding hydrogen to ground water on site to help break down ground water contamination.
- Monitoring ground water and the site property.
- Placing institutional controls on the site property.
- Final AER de Minimus Costs Matrix (PDF) (28 pp, 11MB, About PDF)
- AER de Minimus Volumetric Ranking (PDF) (25 pp, 4MB, About PDF)
Georgia EPD led initial cleanup activities in 2002. Georgia EPD removed 499 drums, residual waste from tanks, accumulated precipitation from the containment systems, tanks and piping, an abandoned tanker truck and chemicals from an on-site laboratory. Georgia EPD disposed of contaminated materials off site.
Site PRPs began cleanup plan design in 2011. The design and remedial action work plan for soil were approved in August 2013. The soil cleanup began in September 2013 and was completed in December 2013. The remedial design for the groundwater cleanup is currently underway.
EPA negotiated legal agreements with site PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site cleanup, monitoring and oversight activities.
AER de Minimus Draft Documents, 2011
EPA is working with the community and its state partner to develop a long-term cleanup plan for the site, reflecting the Agency’s commitment to safe, healthy communities and environmental protection. Community engagement and public outreach are core components of EPA program activities.
EPA is conducting a range of community involvement activities to solicit community input and to make sure the public remains informed about site activities throughout the cleanup process. Outreach efforts have included public notices and information meetings.
Site PRPs began cleanup plan design in 2011. The PRPs will start cleanup activities following completion of the cleanup plan design. The Site PRPs completed the soil cleanup in 2013. The cleanup of groundwater will begin upon completion of the cleanup plan design.
EPA keeps additional site documents and information in a site information repository at the location below. EPA also posts site documents, when available, on EPA’s CERCLIS Site Profile page. For documents not available on the website, please contact the Region 4 Freedom of Information Office.
1927 Lumpkin Road
Augusta, GA 28205