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Oregon Bulletin

January 1, 2011

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Notice of Selected
Source Control Action, Selected
Stormwater Source Control Measures
for Evraz Oregon Steel Mills

PROJECT LOCATION: 14400 N Rivergate Blvd., Portland, OR

DECISION: The Department of Environmental Quality selected stormwater source control measures for the Evraz Oregon Steel Mills site to significantly reduce potential sources of contamination to the Willamette River. These measures include end-of-pipe stormwater treatment and best management practices to prevent contaminated stormwater from entering the Willamette River. The measures also include contaminated soil removal and capping some areas of contaminated soils. DEQ has concluded that this combination of actions will control site contaminant sources that would otherwise be discharged to the Willamette River via Evraz’s stormwater system.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Evraz facility is located on approximately145 acres at River Mile 2 on the east shore of the Willamette River. The property is part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site study area. The property was vacant prior to 1942. Between 1942 and 1967, the Port of Portland owned the site and used it for ship bilge water disposal. Evraz (formerly Gilmore Steel Mills) purchased the site in 1967 and built a steel mill on the site that continues to operate today.

Environmental investigations of the site conducted since 2001 revealed a variety of contaminants in the surface soil and groundwater. These investigations identified contamination in three primary areas pertinent to the stormwater pathway: contaminated surface soil that may be carried in stormwater runoff, storm system sediments, and groundwater that may infiltrate the stormwater system piping.

In addition to the stormwater controls described above, DEQ is developing proposals to address erosion of contaminated bank soils, contaminated groundwater migration, and risks to site workers from contaminated soil on the property.

The company has already performed the following environmental cleanup measures to reduce stormwater runoff contamination from discharging to the river:

removed the most contaminated soil from several areas

capped large areas of the facility with new construction to eliminate contact between contaminated soils and stormwater runoff

installed in-ground treatment systems that remove solids from stormwater

installed bioswales, which increase infiltration of stormwater

implemented best management practices including covering site activities that might generate pollution, regulating the sweeping of paved areas, and employee education on maintaining proper stormwater management

routed the majority of the site’s stormwater to a clarification basin before discharging runoff into the Willamette

DEQ has concluded that these measures will control contaminant discharge to the Willamette River consistent with Oregon rule and statute and when properly implemented, are protective of public health and the environment.

A DEQ staff report outlining the proposed source control action was made available for public review from November 1 to 30, 2010. Comments were received from the City of Portland supporting the proposed measures and identifying clarifications to wording and a figure in the report. DEQ has addressed those clarifications in the Record of Decision.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ and Evraz Oregon Steel are conducting design stage evaluations to assess any impacts associated with the coagulant used in the end-of-pipe treatment system and to evaluate post treatment contaminant loading to the river via stormwater. These studies are expected to be completed in 2011 and will provide the basis for finalizing treatment system implementation. Evraz will also develop a long-term monitoring and maintenance plan for the stormwater management system.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
http://www.deq.state.or.us/webdocs/forms/output/fpcontroller.ashx?sourceid=141&sourceIDTYPe=11

Project documents are available at DEQ’s Northwest Region office. To schedule an appointment to review files in DEQ’s Northwest Region office, call (503) 229-6729.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call DEQ’s 711.

Request for Comments
Proposed No Further Acton for
Former Schlesser Company Facility

COMMENTS DUE: February 2, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: 2501 and 2503 South Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR

PROPOSAL: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites public comment on a remedial action completed at the Former Schlesser Site and DEQ’s proposal to issue a No Further Action determination for the site.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Site is located in an industrialized portion of north Portland, approximately 1,100 feet south of Columbia Slough. Historical Site use included the following: 1897 to 1905, undeveloped; 1928 to 1974, residential use; and 1974 to 2008, use by the Schlesser Company. The Schlesser Company had operated a wood products manufacturing facility. The site was sold to DSM Holding in 2009 and Specialty Metal Fabricators currently operates a sheet metal fabrication business on the subject property.

Site investigations from 2008 to 2010 resulted in the excavation and disposal of 34.5 tons of soils that exceeded risk based concentrations. With one exception, all surficial soils remaining are below relevant risk criteria for occupational and construction/excavation worker exposures. DEQ approves leaving the remaining subsurface soil contamination in place, assuming the controls described below are in place. Shallow ground water is not currently used and future use is unlikely due to existing zoning and city water availability. Ground water does not exceed current risk criteria.

Based on the review of site information, DEQ proposes that no further action is required to address environmental contamination at the Site provided the Underground Injection Control registration and institutional controls described below are maintained:

• Completion of Underground Injection Control registration for Dry Well #2,

• Prohibition of the use of groundwater,

• Prohibition of the soil excavation without DEQ approval.

HOW TO COMMENT: To review project records, contact Dawn Weinberger at (503) 229-6729. The DEQ project manager is Jim Orr (503-229-5039). Send written comments to the project manager at the Department of Environmental Quality, Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201 by February 2, 2010. A public meeting will be held to receive verbal comments if requested by 10 or more people, or by a group with a membership of 10 or more. The DEQ staff report for this site may be reviewed at:

http://www.deq.state.or.us/Webdocs/Forms/Output/FPController.ashx?SourceId=5281&SourceIdType=11

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all comments received and make a final decision after consideration of these comments.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call 711.

Request for Comments
Recommended Remedial Action
Merit Oil USA/Fuel Processors, Site

COMMENTS DUE: February 3, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: 4150 N. Suttle Road, Portland, Oregon

PROPOSAL: Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute, ORS 465.320, and Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 340-122-100, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issues this notice of a recommended remedial action for soil and sediment at the Merit Oil Use/Fuel Processors Inc. site. DEQ will consider public comment in finalizing its selection of a final remedy.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Merit Oil USA/Fuel Processors Inc. site is comprised of five tax lots covering 6.7 acres at 4150 N. Suttle Road in Portland. The southern portion of the site is constructed of approximately 10 feet of fill emplaced in a wetland in the 1980s, referred to as the panhandle area. The adjacent wetland is a separate tax parcel totaling 1.7 acres.

Since 1976 used-oil processing and recycling has been conducted at the site. Solvent recovery, foundry sand recycling, and tire gasification operations also were conducted. A number of petroleum-based releases from a wastewater pond occurred at the site in the mid-1980s and impacted the adjacent wetlands. Cleanups were conducted following the releases and appear to have removed the majority of petroleum-related contamination based on subsequent site investigation results.

Fill placed at the site contains aluminum dross, a waste product produced when refining aluminum, and foundry sands. Elevated levels of metals such as lead and zinc are associated with the fill material. Erosion and overland stormwater runoff deposited fill material into wetland habitat adjacent to the property, including property owned by the Burlington Northern-Sante Fe Railroad. The elevated metal concentrations in wetland sediment pose a significant risk to wildlife that uses the wetlands.

The selected remedial action addresses potential unacceptable risk to human health and ecological receptors and includes partial removal and capping of impacted wetland sediment, off-site disposal of site media exceeding hotspot concentrations, and consolidation of other lesser contaminated sediment/soil on top of the panhandle where it will be capped with clean soil. Natural vegetation will be restored in both the wetlands and upland areas and storm water controls will be installed to prevent future erosional runoff.

The operations area of the site is currently covered with buildings, process equipment or pavement that precludes worker direct contact with soil contamination in this area of the site. Remediation and/or further investigation of the operational area will be deferred until the site is re-developed and/or site use changes. Engineering and institutional controls will be implemented to maintain the cap placed in the panhandle and wetland areas, and preserve current protective conditions in the upland through restricting site development that could result in unacceptable risk to future site workers.

HOW TO COMMENT: To access additional detail on the site, please view the DEQ Staff Report in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database on the Internet at http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsiquery.asp. Enter 673 in the “Site ID” box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled 673 in the Site ID/Info column. Next, click on the staff report under Site Documents. You can review the administrative record for the proposed conditional no further action at DEQ’s Northwest Region office located at 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, Oregon. For an appointment to review the files call (503)229-6729; toll free at (800)452-4011; or TTY at (503)229-5471. Please send written comments to Mark Pugh, Project Manager, DEQ Northwest Region, 2020 S.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 400, Portland, Oregon, 97201 or via email at: pugh.mark@deq.state.or.us. DEQ must receive written comments by 5 p.m. on February 3, 2011.

DEQ will hold a public meeting to receive verbal comments if 10 or more persons, or a group with membership of 10 or more, requests such a meeting. Interest in holding a public meeting must be submitted in writing to DEQ. If a public meeting is held, a separate public notice announcing the date, time, and location of any public meeting would be published in this publication.

DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities at our hearings. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications and Outreach at (503) 229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011. People with hearing impairments may call DEQ’s TTY number, (503)229-5471.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments received by the deadline. In the absence of comments, DEQ will issue a conditional No Further Action for the site.

Public Notice
DEQ Approves Cleanup at Macadam Landing Site

PROJECT LOCATION: 6633-6639 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, Oregon

The Department of Environmental Quality has approved an environmental cleanup conducted at 6633-6639 SW Macadam Avenue in Portland. The site has been used as a commercial property since 1954. The property is zoned storefront commercial, and future use is likely to remain commercial. The current zoning also allows for residential use.

Petroleum impacted soils were observed during redevelopment activities in 2008. Following soil sampling, approximately 863 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the property. Sampling conducted following the soil removal showed remaining levels of petroleum contamination below levels that would pose a risk to human health and the environment based on commercial use of the property. However, remaining contamination exceeds protective levels for residential use of the property. Therefore, DEQ required an easement and equitable servitude to be filed with the Multnomah County Recorder of Deeds that restricts residential use of the property. The property use restriction was filed with the County on November 19, 2010.

DEQ has determined that, given the current and reasonably likely future land use, the environmental conditions are protective of human health and the environment, provided the restrictions presented in the easement and equitable servitude are not violated. Therefore no further action is required.

A public comment period was held from September 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010. No comments were received.

Request for Comments
Proposed Approval of Cleanup at
the Former CARCO (now Vancouver Iron
and Steel) facility, Portland, Oregon

COMMENTS DUE: 5pm, January 31, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: 866 and 900 N. Columbia Blvd., Portland, Oregon

PROPOSAL: The Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to issue a “Conditional No Further Action” (CNFA) determination based on results of site investigation and remedial activities performed at the former CARCO facility located on N. Columbia Blvd. in Portland, Oregon. DEQ has determined that current Best Management Practices appear to be adequate to control stormwater contaminant releases at the facility and remaining areas of soil with hazardous substance contamination are adequately controlled by capping, or cover and do not pose risks to human health and the environment exceeding the acceptable risk level defined in ORS 465.315. DEQ is therefore proposing issuance of a Conditional No Further Action determination for the facility. This decision excludes contamination that may have left the site in the past via stormwater and traveled to the Columbia Slough.

HIGHLIGHTS: The facility has been in industrial use since the 1920s. Past activities at the facility include tire manufacturing, pipe fitting, iron and steel casting. In November 1989 a 15,000-gallon coal tar UST, located on the south side of the plant building, was removed along with 111 tons of contaminated soil. In 1998 an additional 486 tons of soil was removed from the coal-tar tank excavation area. In 2006 a groundwater investigation was performed and only low concentrations of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon and volatile organic compounds were found. Much of this contamination was likely related to a former dry well that was removed in 1991. In 2007 DEQ concluded that groundwater contamination was below risk levels and no more investigation was necessary.

Stormwater at the site has recently been investigated. Metals and PCBs were found in stormwater solids and stormwater leaving the site. Metals are related to casting sand used throughout the site and PCBs are apparently related to the large transformers located at the facility. Thorough site surface cleaning was undertaken and PCB-contaminated soil in a transformer enclosure was removed. If stormwater best management practices are maintained then future stormwater runoff should meet permit benchmarks. Areas of remaining contaminated soil are covered by buildings or asphalt and a deed restriction would require that these areas remain covered.

DEQ concludes that environmental conditions at the site do not pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment, and therefore, meet the requirements of the Oregon Environmental Cleanup Laws.

HOW TO COMMENT: DEQ’s Staff Report for the CARCO site and other project file information is available for public review (by appointment) at DEQ’s Northwest Region Office, 2020 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, Oregon, 97201. To schedule a file review appointment, call Dawn Weinberger at 503-229-6729; toll free at 1-800-452-4011; or TTY at 503-229-5471. Summary information and a copy of the Staff Report are available in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database on the Internet; go to http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsiquery.asp, then enter 3389 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled 3389 in the Site ID/Info column. Please send written comments to Robert Williams, Project Manager, at the address listed above or via email at williams.robert.k@deq.state.or.us. To be considered, DEQ must receive written comments by 5 pm on January 31, 2011. Upon written request by ten or more persons or by a group with a membership of 10 or more, DEQ will hold a public meeting to receive verbal comments.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments received by the date and time stated above, before making a final decision regarding the “Conditional No Further Action” determination. In the absence of comments, DEQ will issue the No Further Action determination for the CARCO site.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-6488 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-6945; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us. People with hearing impairments may call the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service
1-800-735-2900 number.

PROPOSED NO FURTHER ACTION AT
OREMET SUBSTATION — ALBANY, OREGON

COMMENTS DUE: January 31, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: Oremet Substation, at approximate address of 243 34th Avenue SW, Albany, Oregon. The site is south of Southwest 34th Avenue and east of the Albany Lebanon Canal on tax lot number 501 in Township 11 south, Range 3 west in Section 18 in Linn County, Oregon.

PROPOSAL: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requests public comment on its recommendation that no further investigation or cleanup action is required for PCBs and petroleum-contaminated soil at the Oremet Substation in Albany.

BACKGROUND: For detailed project information please see a copy of PacificCorp’s November 2010 report on DEQ’s website at: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wdr/?p=30300

The site is an active PacificCorp electrical substation that serves the community of Albany, Oregon. On April 10, 2008 a release of approximately five gallons of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-containing mineral oil was observed next to a transformer during routine maintenance at the Oremet Substation. After reporting the release to the National Response Center, PacificCorp’s contractor removed the stained soil around the transformer and disposed it at the Riverbend Landfill in McMinnville. Final confirmation soil samples had no detections of PCBs, and a detection of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons was found in one soil sample at a maximum level of 624 ppm. Groundwater sampling from boreholes advanced next to the transformer ruled out shallow groundwater impacts from either PCBs or petroleum. Oregon DEQ guidance addresses generic remedies for PCB releases at electrical substations. The generic remedy includes excavation to a PCB cleanup level of 7.5 ppm and offsite disposal at an approved landfill. PacificCorp’s 2008 removal action at the site met these criteria. The remaining maximum petroleum hydrocarbon level is well below DEQ’s most stringent risk-based cleanup level of 9,800 ppm. Therefore, DEQ has determined that PCB and petroleum contamination from the 2008 release does not pose a threat to human health or the environment.

DEQ proposes that no further action is necessary at this site to investigate or cleanup PCB and petroleum contaminated soil.

HOW TO COMMENT: The project files may be reviewed by appointment at DEQ’s Eugene office, 165 East 7th Street, Eugene. Written comments must be received by January 31, 2010. Comments should be submitted to DEQ’s Eugene office, 165 East 7th Street, Eugene, OR 97401 or by e-mail at aitken.greg@deq.state.or.us. Questions may also be directed to Greg Aitken at the Eugene address or by calling him at 1-800-844-8467 ext 7361. The TTY number for the hearing impaired is 541-687-5603.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments before taking final action on this matter. A public meeting will be held to receive verbal comments on the proposed cleanup action upon written request by ten or more persons, or by a group with ten or more members.

Request for Comments
Recommendation for No Further Cleanup Action
Lucia Community Site, Eugene

COMMENTS DUE: 5 pm, January 31, 2011

PROJECT LOCATION: 2710 Friendly Street, Eugene

PROPOSAL: Per OAR 340-120-0078, a 30-day public comment period is required before DEQ can approve a No Further Action Determination for a cleanup project. Lucia Community, LLC conducted assessment and cleanup of petroleum contamination at the Friendly Street site. DEQ is recommending that no further action is necessary to address contaminants in shallow soil originating from historical automobile repair activities at the site.

HIGHLIGHTS: The current property owner, Lucia Community, LLC is planning a multi-use development consisting of residential and commercial facilities at the Friendly Street site. Historically, the property was used for automobile repair which was most recently operated under the name Transmission Specialists. Earlier waste oil collection, storage, and on-site disposal through a waste oil burner, and a leaking hydraulic hoist resulted in petroleum contamination in shallow soil.

Between 1990 and 1997, several assessments were conducted to define the magnitude and extent of contamination. In July 2010, Lucia Community, LLC performed a cleanup consisting of the removal of approximately 71 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil followed by additional confirmation sampling. Confirmation sampling showed that very limited contamination remains at the site. Residual contamination is well below safe cleanup levels and does not pose a risk to future occupants of the site.

DEQ is recommending no further action for assessment or cleanup of petroleum contamination at the site. DEQ is soliciting public comment on the recommendation. A summary report presenting details of the cleanup project along with a basis for DEQ’s recommendation, is available for review during the month of January 2011.

HOW TO COMMENT: The summary report is available for review electronically by going online to the Environmental Cleanup Site Inventory (ECSI) at http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ecsi/ecsi.htm and entering ECSI site #1357. There will be a link to the Site Summary Report. An electronic copy of the report can be emailed if requested. The report can be viewed in person at the DEQ Eugene office by appointment by contacting the DEQ project manager, Bryn Thoms at 541-687-7424 or at thoms.bryn@deq.state.or.us. The Eugene office address is 165 E. 7th Avenue, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

Comments on the proposed cleanup need to be received by the Eugene Office, attn: Bryn Thoms, no later than 5 pm on January 31, 2011. Fax or email comments are acceptable.

THE NEXT STEP: The comments will be addressed upon completion of the comment period. Once the comments have been adequately addressed, the DEQ may approve, modify, or recommend that additional work is needed.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503) 229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at (800) 452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service 1-800-735-2900.

 


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