Early EPA Documents Confirm Use of Dietz Hollow for Huntington Alloys Waste Disposal

Updated 10 weeks ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Early EPA Documents Confirm Use of Dietz Hollow for Huntington Alloys Waste Disposal

Documents released by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection confirm that the Dietz Hollow Landfill and Huntington Sewer System have been used for disposal of treated and non-treated wastes. Some of the waste types are unknown and some of the landfill locations are "covered." The documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act date from the 1980s and 1990s related to initial visual inspections of the facility.

Preliminary, non-expert analysis indicate that pre-treatment to dissolve hazardous products occurred, although several significant spills and their clean-ups are described.

These documents do not mention radioactive metals; however, other seriously contaminated materials are described. At the time of their release preliminary remediation precautions are described.

Notes for specific pictorial documentation (Jan 20, 1992), state, as one example, "non ignitable liquids (cell #1) discharge from [rail] cars goes directly to city sewer system."  #2 (cell) "with gate valve (not locking) is open to drain, but no waste in storage presently. #3 solid no system drain."

Speaking of a mini-rail, it brings drums unloaded by fork tank. "Many drums are product drums to the East of container storage area. These are returnables."

Solid waste elements such as barium chloride salt is a "characteristic hazardous waste." Hazardous waste generated by these furnaces was disposed in a landfill which closed in 1964. The method of disposal is "unknown."

Based on a 1992 site visit, the inspector stated "this unit must be closed properly. The existing furnaces and all hazardous wastes must be removed and extinct of contamination release, if any, to greund and groundwater. This should be
determined by soil and groundwater sampling and analysis."


A west tailing pond located in the western corner of the facility held a permit from the Office of Water Resources, Industrial Waste Branch.

WASTE MANAGED: Sludge from Wastewater treatment plant is stored in this for dewatering prior to disposal in the Huntington Landfill. Based on EP toxicity sampling and analysis, this waste was characterized as Non-Hazardous.

HISTORY OF RELEASES: Unknown. However, sampling of stored sludge in March, 1992 revealed that the sludge pile was mostly hazardous waste.


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