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Sixty-One Industrial Park

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Site Summary Profile
EPA ID: TND987790300
Location: Memphis, Shelby County, TN
Lat/Long: 34.997571, -090.129046
Congressional District: 09
NPL Status: Superfund Alternative Approach
Affected Media: Ground water
Cleanup Status: Cleanup is currently underway.
Human Exposure Under Control: NA
Groundwater Migration Under Control: NA
Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use: NA
Site Reuse/Redevelopment: None
Site Manager: Michael Townsend (townsend.michael@epa.gov)

Current Status

The Sixty-One Industrial Park site includes an area where manufacturing, metal plating and storage activities took place from 1956 until the 1990s. EPA did not list the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing the site through the Superfund Alternative Approach. EPA, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and the site’s primary 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 and placing institutional controls on the site property, EPA, TDEC and the PRP continue to protect people and the environment from site contamination.

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Site Location and Background

The 78-acre site is located in Memphis in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee. Undeveloped, forested land borders the site to the north, south and west. Several lakes are located north of the site. Commercial businesses and residential areas are located south of the site. A structure located on Highway 61 borders the site to the southeast, occupying 15 acres that were formerly part of the site.

Beginning in 1956, a pyrotechnic and ordnance production facility operated on site. A metal plating facility also operated on site. Operations disposed of production wastes in unlined lagoons on site. When production and plating operations ended, storage and salvage of industrial equipment and components took place at the site until operations ended in the 1990s. EPA did not list the site on the NPL but considers it an NPL-caliber site and is addressing it through the Superfund Alternative Approach. This approach uses the same investigation and cleanup process and standards used for sites listed on the NPL. The site is not in use. The site can support industrial uses.

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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 operations at the site. Contaminants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (also known as PCE or PERC), arsenic and barium.

Ground water contamination remains at the site. However, institutional controls in the form of a deed restriction prohibit use of ground water at the site and limit land uses at the site to industrial uses.

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Investigation and Cleanup Responsibility / Oversight

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

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Site Cleanup Plan

In 2008, 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 1995, the site’s PRP removed hazardous materials from the site property, including drums, tanker trucks, underground storage tanks, batteries, asbestos-containing materials, contaminated soil and sludge.

In 2008, the PRP conducted additional cleanup activities to address remaining contaminated soil and sediment.

Also in 2008, EPA and the PRP selected the remedy for the site. In 2010, EPA and the PRP finalized the remedial design for the site and the PRP began cleanup activities.

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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 online provides 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 public meetings.

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Future Work

Cleanup activities are ongoing.

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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

Levi Branch Library
3676 South Third Street
Memphis, TN 38109

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