Blackfeet Asbestos, TCE and Lead-based Paint Project Site

All POL/SITREP's for this site Blackfeet Asbestos, TCE and Lead-based Paint Project Site
Browning, MT - EPA Region VIII
POLREP #1
Initial
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U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
POLLUTION/SITUATION REPORT
Blackfeet Asbestos, TCE and Lead-based Paint Project Site - Removal Polrep
Initial Removal Polrep

EPA Emergency Response

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Region VIII

Subject: POLREP #1
Initial
Blackfeet Asbestos, TCE and Lead-based Paint Project Site
A894
Browning, MT
Latitude: 48.9358810 Longitude: -113.0261580


To:
From: Curtis Kimbel, OSC
Date: 8/23/2013
Reporting Period: 8/19/13 to 8/23/13

1. Introduction
  1.1 Background
   
Site Number: A894    Contract Number:  
D.O. Number:      Action Memo Date: 8/9/2013
Response Authority: CERCLA    Response Type: Time-Critical
Response Lead: EPA    Incident Category: Removal Action
NPL Status: Non NPL    Operable Unit:
Mobilization Date: 8/19/2013    Start Date: 8/19/2013
Demob Date:      Completion Date:  
CERCLIS ID:    RCRIS ID:
ERNS No.:    State Notification:
FPN#:    Reimbursable Account #:

1.1.1 Incident Category

1.1.2 Site Description
 
The Blackfeet Asbestos Site (Site) is located primarily in the small rural community of Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet Reservation. The primary land uses in the area are agricultural, recreational and residential. The Blackfeet Tribe requested assistance from the EPA with demolition of several abandoned structures known to contain asbestos. The Tribe also requested the EPA characterize environmental conditions of several additional abandoned structures and demolish any that are a known threat to human health or the environment. All of the buildings are tribally owned and located on the Blackfeet Reservation. All of the structures have been vandalized and scavenged by unknown persons.

The EPA's Brownfields Program utilized the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) contractor to conduct a Targeted Brownfields Assessment (TBA) on the following seven structures:

War Bonnet Lodge  
Former Evans Chevron 
Big Sky Standard 
KipCo Building
Blackfeet Mainstream Building
Former Blackfeet Transit Building
Medicine Bear Shelter

The TBA identified chrysotile asbestos above actionable levels in all seven structures.

The Tribe has identified an additional seven abandoned buildings suspected to contain asbestos, though no assessment had been done before the start of the removal action. The buildings include:

Margie Kennedy Center
Former Fish and Game Building (damaged in a fire) 
Hipp Building
Red Eagle Campground House
Former Bakery Buidling
Seville Community Building
Sleeping Wolf Building

All of the structures are no longer used for any beneficial purpose. The structures pose a physical and environmental exposure hazard to nearby residents, users of the property, trespassers and salvagers. Given the hazards present at the Site and the proximity to residences and the public recreation area, EPA determined to conduct a time-critical removal action at the Site.

1.1.2.1 Location

Primarily in the small rural community of Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet Reservation.
 
1.1.2.2 Description of Threat

Chrysotile asbestos was present in the unsecured, abandoned buildings and poses an exposure threat to nearby residents, users of the property, trespassers and salvagers.
 
1.1.3 Preliminary Removal Assessment/Removal Site Inspection Results


2. Current Activities
  2.1 Operations Section
    2.1.1 Narrative

2.1.2 Response Actions to Date
 
EPA mobilized the START contractor and Emergency and Rapid Response Services (ERRS) contractor to the Site beginning on August 19, 2013. A small ERRS team worked with Tribal leaders to visit each site and ensure power, water and propane were disconnected on all buildings and that any occupants were properly evicted. The full ERRS team arrived on Site the evening of August 22, 2013.
 
A cell has been mapped and prepared at the Blackfeet landfill to accept the asbestos containing waste. An additional area at the landfill has been identified for the non-contaminated construction debris. 

Demolition of the War Bonnet Lodge, the largest of the buildings, began on Friday, August 23, 2013, and is expected to take one to two weeks to complete.
 
1 START contractor is on site at the War Bonnet Lodge providing air-monitoring support. 2 START contractors have visited each of the sites and gathered asbestos samples from 6 of the 7 additional sites requiring assessment for asbestos. The remaining site, the Margie Kennedy Center will be assessed early next week after the occupants have been properly evicted.

2.1.3 Enforcement Activities, Identity of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)

2.1.4 Progress Metrics
 
Waste Stream Medium Quantity Manifest # Treatment Disposal

Waste Stream Medium Quantity Manifest # Treatment Disposal
           
           
           





  2.2 Planning Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.3 Logistics Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.4 Finance Section
    No information available at this time.

  2.5 Other Command Staff
    No information available at this time.

3. Participating Entities
  3.1 Unified Command

3.2 Cooperating Agencies

            US EPA
            Blackfeet Reservation Tribal offices

4. Personnel On Site
              EPA: 1 OSC and 1 ERT member
            Blackfeet Tribal Leadership: 8
            ERRS: 20
            START: 3

5. Definition of Terms
  No information available at this time.

6. Additional sources of information
  No information available at this time.

7. Situational Reference Materials
  No information available at this time.