The Peck Iron and Metal Site has been proposed for inclusion on National Priority List. Please read the memo titled Referral to National Priority List and Additional Site Evaluation, Peck Iron and Metal Site, Portsmouth, Virginia, shown on this website for more information.
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The Peck Iron and Metal Site is the location of a former scrap metal facility operated from approximately the 1940s through the 1990s. The 33 acre Site is situated in a mixed residential and industrial area in the tidewater region of southeastern Virginia bordered in part by Paradise Creek, a tributary to the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay. The Site’s historical usage as a salvage operation resulted in the improper storage and disposal of hazardous substances and the consequent release of these hazardous substances into the environment. Assessments conducted of the Site between 2003 and 2006 indicate that concentrations of semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, PCBs, and pesticides in soil and sediment exceed various risk-based screening levels. PCBs and lead are the primary contaminants of concern due to their extreme concentrations.