On September 6, 2019 the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) contacted U.S. EPA Removal Program to assist the state in addressing plating waste on a residential property. DENR requested EPA to assess, cleanup and dispose of the stockpiled chemical waste.
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Black Hills Plating and Polishing closed shop several years ago. When the company closed, the owner of the business moved equipment and chemical waste to a storage garage on a residential property. The waste has been staged in the garage since 2015.
Reports from the state and waste owner indicated there are waste solutions composed of acids, bases, cyanides, and chromates. The owner of the waste has made attempts on arranging proper disposal but does not have the financial means. The stored chemical waste is a risk to both human health and environmental.
U.S EPA Removal Program deployed OSCs Valeriy Bizyayev and Craig Giggleman to conduct a Removal Site Evaluation and coordinated disposal on September 16, 2019.