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Ormet Superfund Site

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Virginia Narsete (narsete.virginia@epa.gov)
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359

Remedial Project Manager
Bernard Schorle
(schorle.bernard@epa.gov)
312-886-4746 or 800-621-8431, ext. 63746

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Monroe County Public Library
96 Home Aveue
Woodsville, Ohio

Background

The Ormet Corp Superfund site comprises part of northeast portion of Ormet Primary Aluminum Corporation reduction plant property in Monroe County, Ohio.  It is located approximately 3 miles north of Hannibal in the southeastern part of the state.  The plant property is the land extending from the line by the Ormet Corporation building to the north east.  The Ormet reduction plant began operations in 1958; since then, the main process has been the reduction of alumina to produce aluminum metal.  Plant wastes were historically disposed ofon the ground or inunlined lagoons in the northeast portion of the facility.  This portion of the facility, about 47 acres, was placed on the National Priorities List on July 21st, 1987.  Located immediately to the east of the reduction plant facility is other industrial property.  This property was the location of the former Consolidated Aluminum Corporation rolling mill, which was later owned and operated by the Ormet Aluminum Mill Products Corp.   The rolling mill shut down in 2005 and the property was sold in 2007.  The steel fabrication facility currently operates on the former rolling mill property. At various times five disposal ponds were used.  They were unlined and constructed of natural materials. In May l987 the U.S. EPA, Ohio Environemental Protection Agency and Ormet Corporation entered into an Administrative Order by Consent providing for Ormet to conduct a remedial investigaion and feasibility study with EPA oversight.   Moderate levels of cyanide and fluoride, both mobile in the groundwater were identified.  Soils in the area were identified as a primary ongoing contributor of cyanide and fluoride contaminatin to groundwater. The remedy was selected in l994 and l997.  The UlS. EPA has determined that the modification to the Ormet Corp site groundwater remedy selected in the l994 Record of Decision is documented in the ESD (Explanation of Significant Differences)  is significant but does not fundamentally alter the overal site remedial action with performance or cost.  The cleanup began thereafter. Further cleanup details information and reports can be found on this website or at the Monroe County Library.

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Site Updates

April 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a five-year review of the Ormet Superfund site located on Ohio State Route 7 in Monroe County, Ohio. The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up – with waste managed on-site – to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment. This is the third five-year review of this site.

EPA’s cleanup of cyanide, fluoride, polychlorinated biphenyls and other pollutants at the site consisted of intercepting and treating contaminated groundwater (underground supplies of water); continued pumping of the production well for plume containments; soil flushing of the former spent potliner storage area; construction of a licensed landfill and storage cell at the construction materials scrap dump; removal of contaminated soil and sediment (mud) and placing them in the landfill and storage cell; and long-term monitoring and limits on site use and access.

More information is available at the Monroe County Public Library, 96 Home Ave., Woodsfield, Ohio.

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