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1995 EPA Superfund Record of Decision for residential cleanup in West Dallas

1995 EPA Superfund Record of Decision for residential cleanup in West Dallas

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EPA Superfund Record of Decision for residential areas that were part
of the cleanup
EPA Superfund Record of Decision for residential areas that were part
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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Dec 11, 2012
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EPA/ROD/R06-95/0951995
 
EPA Superfund
 
Record of Decision:
 
RSR CORPORATIONEPA ID: TXD079348397OU 01DALLAS, TX05/09/1995
 
RECORD OF DECISIONRSR CORPORATION SUPERFUND SITEOPERABLE UNIT NO. 1- RESIDENTIAL PROPERTYDALLAS, TEXASPrepared by:U. S. Environmental Protection AgencyRegion 6Dallas, TexasDECLARATION FOR THE RECORD OF DECISIONRSR CORPORATION SUPERFUND SITEOPERABLE UNIT NO. 1- RESIDENTAL PROPERTYDALLAS, TEXAS.Futher Action Not Necessary For ProtectionAnd Five-Year Review Is Not RequiredSITE NAME AND LOCATIONRSR Corporation Superfund Site, Operable Unit No. 1Dallas, Dallas County, TexasSTATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSEThe United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents its decision in this Record ofDecision (ROD) theft no further action will be required at the residential and high risk areas(such as schools, church play areas, parks, and day care facilities) of Operable Unit No. 1 (OUNo. 1) of the RSR Corporation Superfund Site (RSR Site). EPA's decision is in accordance withthe Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund),42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution ContingencyPlan (NCP), 40 C.F.R. Part 300. The decision is based on materials and documents contained inthe Administrative Record for OU No. 1 that is available for public review at threerepositories, one of which is located in west Dallas near the RSR Site. EPA bases this decisionon the results of a remedial investigation and human health risk assessment conducted at OU No.1 and the successful completion of the emergency removal action conducted by EPA at OU No. 1from October 1991 through June 1994.DESCRIPTION OF THE SELECTED REMEDY/RATIONALE FOR NO FURTHER ACTIONNo further action is necessary at the residential and high risk areas of OU No. 1 because EPA'semergency removal action permanently eliminated the principal threats to human health and theenvironment from smelter-related lead and arsenic contamination at OU No. 1 by removal andoffsite disposal of contaminated soils and debris. Lead and arsenic are hazardous substances,as defined in Section 101(14) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. § 9601(14), and further defined in Section302.4 of the NCP, 40 C.F.R. § 302.4. High concentrations of lead and arsenic were found to bepresent in the residential and high risk areas of OU No. 1 resulting in potential exposure bymany people living in the area.In order to avoid substantial delay in responding to these residential and high risk areas, EPAinitiated the emergency removal action. EPA designed the removal action to provide long-termprotection to persons living in the residential areas and established conservative health-based
 
soil cleanup levels to be instituted under the removal action. EPA implemented the removalaction and removed contaminated soils to health-based action levels from residential areas whereaccess was granted to EPA and high, risk areas of OU NO. 1. This resulted in the cleanup of420 residential yard and high risk areas (such, as schools, churches, day-cares, ect.). Allcontamination removed from OU No. 1 was disposed of offsite at permitted facilities authorizedto receive such waste. Detailed information on EPA's removal activities is contained indocuments; in the Administrative Record for OU No. 1.Concurrent with the removal action, EPA conducted extensive studies at OU No. 1 including aremedial investigation and human health risk assessment. The results of these studies showthat long-term protection of human health and the environment has been achieved by the removalaction in the residential areas where EPA was granted access and high risk locations.DECLARATION STATEMENTEPA's extensive investigations and studies of OU No. 1 show that the removal action conducted byEPA from October 1991 through June 1994 at OU No. 1 of the RSR Site resulted in overallprotection of human health and the environment and compliance with Federal and Staterequirements that are legally applicable of relevant and appropriate for sites contaminated withlead and arsenic. The removal action has addressed all concerns associatec with the highconcentrations of lead and arsenic at the residential and high risk areas of OU No. 1 and hasprovided for unrestricted residential use. The removal of contaminated soils to health-basedlevels has negated the need for a feasibility study of remedial action alternatives for OU No.1. Therefore, consistent with CERCLA and the NCP, I have determined that based on EPA'sextsnsive studies and the emergency removal action, no further action will be necessary at theresidential and high risk areas of OU No. 1 of the RSR Site to ensure protection of humanhealth and the environment.Because hazardous substances will not remain onsite above health-based levels, five-year reviewsare not necessary it OU No. 1 of the RSR Site.SIGNATURE AND SUPPORT AGENCY ACCEPTANCE OF THE REMEDYThe State of Texas, through the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), concurswith EPA's decision that no further action is necessary at OU No. 1 of the RSR Site.EPA has determined that its response action at OU No. 1 of the RSR Site is complete.<IMG SRC 0695095>A. Stanley Meiburg DateDeputy Regional AdministratorU.S. EPA - Region 6

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