EPA Removal Action to Begin
Ozark Circuits Site, Springfield, Greene County, MissouriINTRODUCTION
EPA Region 7 will soon begin a time-critical removal action at the OzarkCircuits Site, 933 West Chase Street inSpringfield, Greene County, Missouri. Allhazardous substances at the site will besampled, containerized, and sent off-sitefor disposal. During the cleanup, EPAstaff and contractors will be wearingpersonal protective clothing, includingface masks and air tanks.
The site is the location of a former circuitboard manufacturer who used dielectrics,electroplating baths, electrolysis baths,strippers, developers, and an on-sitewastewater treatment system in itsoperations. Industrial/commercialproperties are located immediately to theeast and south of the site. The site isbordered to the north and west byresidences which are in very closeproximity to the facility (less than 100feet).In March 2011, Ozark Circuits filed aChapter 7 bankruptcy petition in federalcourt. Ozark Circuits subsequentlyabandoned the site.The Missouri Department of NaturalResources (MDNR) previously completeda limited Preliminary Assessment but wasunable, due to site access issues, tocomplete site sampling and other siteinvestigations. On July 9, 2013, MDNRreferred the site to EPA andrecommended that a time-critical removalaction be performed.EPA inspected the site on July 18 and August 8, 2013. During these inspections,EPA observed more than 150 55-gallondrums and more than 300 smaller totesand containers containing corrosives,oxidizers, combustibles and other hazardous chemicals scatteredthroughout the facility. There is also anon-site wastewater treatment systemwhich includes three 1,000-gallonprocess tanks and one larger processtank. These tanks are partially filled withliquids, sludges, and evaporate crystals. A wastewater treatment sump locatedbeneath the floor contains approximately2,000 gallons of liquids andapproximately 1,000 gallons (135 cubicfeet) of sludge. A series of tankscontaining a variety of electroplating andelectroless plating solutions (primarilyacids, oxidizers, and some solvents) arealso located on-site. Sampling conductedby EPA during its inspections indicatedthe presence of strong acids, oxidizingacids, and precipitating metals, includingcopper and lead, in these solutions.