Advance Plating Works

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Indianapolis, IN - EPA Region V
Initial PolRep
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Advance Plating Works - Removal Polrep
Initial Removal Polrep

Region V

Subject: POLREP #1
Initial PolRep
Advance Plating Works
Indianapolis, IN
Latitude: 39.7152000 Longitude: -86.1417000

From: Shelly Lam, On-Scene Coordinator
Date: 9/21/2011
Reporting Period: September 20, 2011

1. Introduction
  1.1 Background
Site Number:      Contract Number:  
D.O. Number:      Action Memo Date:  
Response Authority: CERCLA    Response Type: Emergency
Response Lead: EPA    Incident Category: Removal Action
NPL Status:    Operable Unit:
Mobilization Date: 9/20/2011    Start Date: 9/20/2011
Demob Date:      Completion Date:  
ERNS No.:    State Notification:
FPN#:    Reimbursable Account #:

1.1.1 Incident Category
Emergency Response - Former plating shop

1.1.2 Site Description
The Site is the former Advance Plating Works.  It was a family-owned business that operated on the south side of Indianapolis from 1912 to 2009.  Former operations at the facility included nickel, chrome, zinc, cadmium, and copper plating.

The Site includes two buildings, one of which was formerly used for plating operations and office space and a second building, which was used as a warehouse. Location
The Site is located at 1005 E. Sumner Avenue in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  Site coordinates are latitude 39.7152000 degrees north and longitude 86.1417000 degrees west.  The facility is in an area of the south side of Indianapolis that is primarily industrial.  However, there is a residential facility adjacent to the Site to the east. Description of Threat
On September 20, 2011, the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) responded to the Site based on abandoned building and trespassing complaints from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).  Upon arriving at the Site, MCPHD personnel observed 25-30 drums stored in poor condition outside the buildings.  Additionally, MCPHD noticed that building doors were open and a section of fence had been removed to allow access for trespassing.  MCPHD immediately requested assistance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

1.1.3 Preliminary Removal Assessment/Removal Site Inspection Results
EPA On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) Shelly Lam responded to the Site on the afternoon of September 20th, where she met with representatives from MCPHD and the property owners.  After obtaining access, OSC Lam conducted a reconnaissance and documented 75-100 drums, totes, plating vats and other containers inside and outside the facility buildings.  Many drums were unlabeled.  However, labeled drums included toxic, corrosive, oxidizing, and flammable materials.  OSC Lam also documented that trespassing had been occurring and that trespassers had been cutting metal process piping above the plating vats.

2. Current Activities
  2.1 Operations Section
    2.1.1 Narrative
On September 20, 2011, EPA responded to a request for assistance from MCPHD regarding abandoned drums at a former plating facility.  OSC Lam documented that there was a threat to human health and the environment from abandoned drums, many of which were in poor condition and leaking.  There was also a threat of fire or explosion from improperly stored flammable materials in a building where trespassing was occurring.

2.1.2 Response Actions to Date
On September 20th, EPA initiated emergency response actions by mobilizing the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) and Emergency and Rapid Response Services (ERRS) contractors.  EPA and its contractors took actions to secure the Site and the waste located therein.  Activities included relocating outside drums into one of the Site buildings and securing both Site buildings.

2.1.3 Enforcement Activities, Identity of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)
Information on the PRP is in the Site file.

2.1.4 Progress Metrics

Waste Stream Medium Quantity Manifest # Treatment Disposal

  2.2 Planning Section
    2.2.1 Anticipated Activities
Emergency response actions will include taking additional measures to secure the Site and the waste located there until time-critical removal actions can be initiated.  Emergency response actions are anticipated to take 2 to 3 days to complete. Planned Response Activities
On September 21 and 22, 2011, EPA anticipates overpacking drums in poor condition, segregating and staging drums, and placing fencing around the Site. Next Steps
EPA anticipates removing the waste from the Site during time-critical removal actions.  In the meantime, EPA will mitigate the immediate threat of release and secure the Site to deter trespassing.

2.2.2 Issues

  2.3 Logistics Section
    Not applicable (NA)

  2.4 Finance Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.5 Other Command Staff
    2.5.1 Safety Officer
OSC Lam is the overall Safety Officer for the response.  EPA's contractors have prepared a health and safety plan.  Additionally, all personnel are attending daily safety briefings.

2.6 Liaison Officer

2.7 Information Officer

2.7.1 Public Information Officer
EPA has not received any media requests.  However, OSC Lam will coordinate with the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) should any media inquiries arise.

2.7.2 Community Involvement Coordinator

3. Participating Entities
  3.1 Unified Command

3.2 Cooperating Agencies

4. Personnel On Site
  Personnel from the following agencies were on-Site during the reporting period.

Agency Position # Personnel
ERRS Response Manager 1
Laborers 2

5. Definition of Terms
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ERRB Emergency Response and Removal Branch
ERRS Emergency and Rapid Response Services
IDEM Indiana Department of Environmental Management
IMPD Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
MCPHD Marion County Public Health Department
NA Not Applicable
OPA Office of Public Affairs
OSC On-Scene Coordinator
PolRep Pollution Report
PRP Potentially Responsible Party
START Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team

6. Additional sources of information
  6.1 Internet location of additional information/report
Refer to for additional information.

6.2 Reporting Schedule
The next PolRep will be submitted on September 21st or 22nd.

7. Situational Reference Materials

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