Arlington Blending & Packaging
Site Summary ProfileEPA ID: TND980468557
Location: Arlington, Shelby County, TN
Lat/Long: 35.299600, -089.657700
Congressional District: 08
NPL Status: Proposed: 01/22/87; Final: 07/22/87
Affected Media: Ground water, Soil
Cleanup Status: Construction complete - physical cleanup activities have been completed
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: In reuse as a neighborhood park
Site Manager: Keriema Newman (email@example.com)
The Arlington Blending and Packaging site is a 2.3-acre facility located on U.S. Highway 70 in the Town of Arlington, Tennessee 23 miles northeast of Memphis. The current land use for the surrounding area is residential, commercial, and farming. The Loosahatchie River is located approximately 3,000 feet due north of the site. The river is used for swimming and fishing. It is anticipated that the land uses in the area will remain similar in the future.
From 1971 to 1978 the Arlington Blending & Packaging Company operated as a pesticide formulation and packaging facility. The facility blended technical grade pesticides with solvents and emulsifiers and packaged the products for client companies, which were primarily pesticide manufacturers.In 2005, the Town of Arlington purchased the land and developed it as a neighborhood park called Mary Alice Park. Mary Alice Park is equipped with a walking trail, exercise stations, half basketball court, and playground equipment. The park was constructed and put into use in 2006.
During the company's operation, spills and leakage of products occurred resulting in soil, ditch sediment, and ground water contamination. Contaminants of concern (COC) identified in site soils included: chlordane, heptachlor, endrin, pentachlorophenol (PCP), and arsenic. Additionally, the following COCs were identified in site surficial ground water: PCP and 1,1-dichloroethene.
Site Cleanup Plan
The Record of Decision (ROD) was issued in 1991 to address remaining contamination at the site. The cleanup approach consisted of both excavating and treating site soils and pumping and treating site ground water.
In 1997, a ROD Amendment was issued to allow use of natural attenuation (natural processes) to address ground water contamination instead of the pump and treat approach previously selected.
In 1998, EPA approved a Long Term Monitoring and Maintenance (LTMM) Plan that included annual sampling of the monitoring wells, semi-annual sampling of surface water sampling locations in the Loosahatchie River, and annual reports submitted to EPA.
In 1983, EPA conducted a removal action which consisted of the excavation of 1,920 cubic yards of grossly contaminated surface soils (above 50 parts per million (ppm) of chlordane) and the removal and disposal of all equipment and waste chemicals present at the site. These actions were taken, primarily, to address surficial contamination that posed significant risk to human health.
In 1996, approximately 41,431 tons of subsurface and surficial soils contaminated above certain levels were excavated and treated using a thermal desorption process (use of heat to remove harmful chemicals by changing chemicals into gases). These excavations removed more than 95 percent of contamination identified in site soils.
The site is currently in Operation and Maintenance and still being maintained by the potentially responsible parties (PRP). LTMM Annual Reports have been submitted to EPA from 1999 – 2007.
The 2007 Five-Year Review (FYR) concluded that the current cleanup approach remains protective of human health and the environment although the site remains impacted by site-specific contaminants. The cleanup approach is expected to be protective of human health and the environment upon attainment of the ground water cleanup goals. Several recommendations were made to improve the overall effectiveness of the cleanup approach.
The PRP, Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation, and EPA have met to discuss the PRP’s workplan for implementing the recommendations from the 2007 FYR. The PRP is expected to begin field work under the oversight of EPA after the workplan has been approved.
In 2009, the Arlington Packaging & Blending site was awarded Region 4's "Excellence in Site Reuse" award.
Site cleanup activities are being led primarily by the PRP with oversight by EPA.
In January 1992, EPA issued a Unilateral Administrative Order to site PRPs, requesting that they implement the 1991 ROD.
EPA has conducted a range of community involvement activities at the Arlington Packaging & Blending site to solicit community input and to ensure that the public remains informed about site activities throughout the site cleanup process. Outreach activities have included public notices and information meetings on cleanup progress and activities.
Natural attenuation of ground water is still ongoing. The ground water monitoring wells remain in place and are monitored annually.
The PRP is expected to begin field work under the oversight of EPA to implement 2007 FYR recommendations after the workplan has been approved.The next FYR is scheduled for September 2012.
Site Administrative Documents
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