EPA Region 4 On Scene Coordinator initiated an emergency response action at the Crowders Mountain State Park after discovering numerous abandoned drums during a Removal Site Evaluation. Orphaned drums, containing product, are scattered about the site. Drums are in poor, dilapidated condition, unidentifiable or without legible makings. Located on the two-acre site are several open excavation pits and three stockpiles of soil/crushed drums & debris with contamination that tested as RCRA Hazardous or above TCLP concentrations for lead and VOCs.
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Residential properties and a creek border the site. The OSC documented that erosion and sedimentation countermeasures were not in place. Organic vapors were identified in the ambient air throughout site. Source contamination was tentatively identified as miscellaneous paint/lacquers/organic solvents.
ERRS and START contractors were mobilized on 9/16/09 to support the response efforts.