Welch Group Environmental (WGE) operated a business that recovered lead and other metals (ie copper) from spent munitions at firing ranges gathered from around the Southeast. They then melted the lead into ingots. The Fairplay site is one of three WGE sites undergoing clean-up pursuant to consent orders with EPA.
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The WGE Belton site conducted material separation as well as distribution of recycled material. Approx 1000 containers exist on-site in various conditions. While dozens of metals material separation containers exist, 100s of drums containing 'salt formations' are present in various conditions. The site is approximately 3 acres. Clean-up of the Belton site is pending.
The WGE Fairplay site conducted material seperation as well as melting activities and also has up to 50 drums of uncontained process material. The site is approximately 6 acres and sits within a 22 acre parcel.
Both site operations were conducted without South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) permits. SCDHEC documents that up to 10 WGE employees had significantly high lead levels. SCDHEC ordered the cessation of operations on December 2, 2010. SCDHEC referred the sites to EPA R4 ERRB for removal site evaluation (RSE) on December 22, 2010.
The EPA On Scene Coordinator (OSC) conducted a removal site inspection during the week of January 31st, 2011. EPA activities are coordinated with SCDHEC using CERCLA response authority. In coordination with Air, Waste and Land Mangement, Site Evaluation, and Region 1 programs at SCDHEC, the OSC directed the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to secure the locations, contain and secure open vessels/drums and construct a sediment/soil containment measure such as silt curtain and hay bales where appropriate.
The PRPs hired a qualified contractor. Both Health and Safety as well as Removal Action Workplans were submitted and approved by the OSC in consult with SCDHEC for conduct of an emergency stabilization action on February 8th.
Subsequent to the emergency action, EPA completed a RSE Report, with a recommendation for further action. Those actions are being conducted pursuant to an EPA/WGE administrative order on consent.