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Mallory Capacitor Company

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Mallory Capacitor site looking south-southwest.

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: TND075453688
Location: Waynesboro, Wayne Co., TN
Lat/Long: 35.317630, -087.758610
Congressional District: 04
NPL Status: Proposed: 01/22/87; Final: 10/04/89
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Construction Complete – physical cleanup activities have been completed
Human Exposure Under Control: Yes
Groundwater Migration Under Control: Yes
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: No
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: Not in use
Site Manager: Loften Carr (carr.loften@epa.gov)


Current Status

The Mallory Capacitor Co. site includes the area where City Chemical Company operated a footwear production facility and P.R. Mallory operated an electrical capacitor manufacturing facility from the late 1940s to 1984. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1989 because of contaminated ground water resulting from facility operations. EPA, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the site’s potentially responsible party (PRP) 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 treating and monitoring ground water, placing institutional controls on the site property and undertaking Five-Year Reviews, EPA, TDEC and the site’s PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 8.6-acre site is located on Belew Circle in Waynesboro, Tennessee. The site includes one warehouse structure. The Green River borders the site to the east. Residences and industrial and commercial businesses border the site to the north, south and west. The site’s broader surroundings include mixed residential, commercial and industrial land uses.

City Chemical Company began operating a footwear manufacturing facility at the site in the late 1940s. P.R. Mallory acquired the facility in the late 1960s and conducted electrical capacitor manufacturing operations until 1984. In 1989, EPA listed the site on the NPL.

The site is not in use.

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Threats and Contaminants

Site investigations found contamination in ground water that could potentially harm people in the area. Contamination resulted from facility operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethylene and 1,2 dichloroethene.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

The site’s PRP led site investigation and cleanup activities, with oversight provided by EPA and TDEC.

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 1991, 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

From 1988 to 1989, the site’s PRP dug up and disposed of approximately 20,100 tons of contaminated soil and 3,400 cubic yards of debris off site. The PRP also installed monitoring wells on and off site.

The PRP began ground water extraction and treatment activities in 1993. In 2001, the PRP installed six additional monitoring wells to determine the spread of ground water contamination and monitor its cleanup.

The site’s third Five-Year Review, completed in 2008, found that the ground water extraction and treatment system remains functional and effective. The Five-Year Review recommended several follow-up actions, including updating the 2002 private water well search, determining the potential threat to people from eating fish from the Green River, and confirming that construction workers are safe from contaminants.

The PRP completed the recommended follow-up actions in 2009. EPA issued a Five-Year Review Addendum, which found the cleanup remains protective of human health and the environment. The Five-Year Review Addendum also recommended additional follow-up actions, including implementing institutional controls and conducting additional ground water sampling.

EPA and the PRP placed institutional controls in the form of land use restrictions on the site property in 2009 to restrict residential land uses.

In May 2014, in cooperation with EPA, the City of Waynesboro Commission adopted the Waynesboro Groundwater Ordinance limiting ground water withdrawal in designated areas around the site.

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 PRP to investigate and clean up the site. The PRP continues to fund site cleanup, 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 has 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 notices and information meetings.

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Future Work

Ground water treatment and monitoring is ongoing.

EPA completed the site’s last Five-Year Review in 2008 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2013.

EPA completed the site’s latest Five-Year Review in June 2013 and plans to complete the next Five-Year Review in 2018.

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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

Wayne County Public Library
US 64 East
Waynesboro, TN 38485

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