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Cedartown Industries, Inc.


Monitoring wells at the Cedartown Industries site

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: GAD095840674
Location: Cedartown, Polk County, GA
Lat/Long: 34.008200, -085.263600
Congressional District: 07
NPL Status: Proposed: 06/24/88; Final: 02/21/90; Deleted: 09/19/2006
Affected Media: Debris, Ground water, Sediment, Soil
Cleanup Status: Deleted from the NPL
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: Yes
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In continued use - commercial
Site Manager: Brian Farrier (farrier.brian@epa.gov)

Current Status

The Cedartown Industries, Inc. site includes an area where a lead smelting facility operated from 1874 until 1980. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1990 because of contaminated soil, sediment and ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (Georgia EPD) and 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. The site has returned to productive use. A trucking business operates on site. By monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, Georgia EPD and the site’s PRPs continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.    

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Site Location and Background

The 7-acre site is located at 404 South Furnace Street in Cedartown, Georgia, 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. Site features include an office building, a truck maintenance building and the former foundry building’s foundation. Concrete, gravel, and grass cover the site. Industrial and agricultural land uses border the site to the north and south. Residential areas are located northeast, east and southeast of the site. Cedar Creek borders the site to the west. A chain-link fence surrounds the site to the north, south and east.

From 1874 until 1980, a secondary lead smelting facility operated at the site. In 1874, the Cherokee Furnace Company began foundry operations at the site, smelting iron ore from regional iron mines near Cedartown. In the 1930s, the company changed its name to Cedartown Foundry and, in addition to foundry operations, manufactured pumps and plow blades. Lead smelting activities took place at the site from 1978 to 1980.

In 1984, the site’s current owners bought the facility and currently lease the site to H&W Transfer Company for truck parking and maintenance. In 1990, EPA listed the site on the NPL. Following cleanup activities, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2006.

View site location map.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in soil, sediment and ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contaminants of concern include lead, cadmium and other metals. Although iron foundry and manufacturing operations contributed to contamination at the site, lead smelter operations caused most of the contamination. Georgia EPD discovered 5,000 cubic yards of slag material and 32,000 gallons of wastewater at the site. Georgia EPD also reported high levels of lead and cadmium in waste piles and soil at the site.

Cleanup actions addressed threats in soil, sediment and ground water. The most recent ground water sampling report indicated that the cleanup has achieved all ground water cleanup goals.

Although some contamination remains on site, institutional controls restrict ground water use and disturbance of areas of the site where the site’s PRPs capped treated soil.

Cedar Spring supplies drinking water for the City of Cedartown and is located upgradient of the site.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The Cedartown Industries PRP Group, the site’s PRPs, led site cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and Georgia EPD.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1993, EPA issued a cleanup plan (a Record of Decision, or ROD) for the site. The plan included the following activities:

Summaries of site cleanup approaches are also available online in key site cleanup documents, including the ROD.

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Cleanup Progress

In 1990, the site’s PRPs conducted an Interim Waste Removal activity to remove a slag pile, contaminated debris, soil, wastewater and sediment from the site. The PRPs removed 8,300 tons of contaminated material and transported it to an off-site landfill.

In 1996, the PRPs conducted several cleanup activities, including digging up contaminated soil, solidifying and stabilizing the soil, and refilling the dug-up areas with solidified and stabilized soil. The PRPs then covered the areas with either pavement or a vegetated soil layer. In 1997, the PRPs completed this work.

The PRPs began a ground water monitoring program in 1996 and continued quarterly monitoring until 1999. From 1999 until 2001, the PRPs conducted semi-annual monitoring. Since then, the PRPs have monitored ground water during the 2006 and 2011 Five-Year Reviews.

Following cleanup activities at the site, EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2006.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2011, found that the site’s cleanup continues to protect people and the environment from remaining site contamination.

Summaries of cleanup activities are also available in Five-Year Reviews online.

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Enforcement Activities

EPA negotiated legal agreements with the site’s PRPs to investigate and clean up the site. The PRPs continue to fund site monitoring and oversight activities.

The ROD and Five-Year Reviews online provide additional information on specific legal agreements for the site.

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Community Involvement

EPA worked 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 has conducted 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 meetings, public notices and interviews with local stakeholders during the three Five-Year Reviews conducted in 2001, 2006 and 2011.

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Future Work

The site’s PRPs continue to conduct ground water monitoring during Five-Year Reviews.

EPA completed the last Five-Year Review in 2011 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2016.

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Additional Information

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.

Site Repository

Cedartown Public Library
245 East Avenue
Cedartown, GA  30125

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