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Chance to Comment On….. Proposed No Further Action Decision for the Pacific Car Crushing Site Publication: The Oregonian and Secretary of State’s Bulletin Publishing Date: November 1, 2004 Comments Due: November 30, 2004 Project Location: The site is located at 9635 North Columbia Boulevard in 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) invites public comment on its proposal for a “No Further Action” (NFA) determination proposed for the Pacific Car Crushing Site, removal of the site from the Confirmed Release and Inventory Lists, and issuance of a Certificate of Completion for the existing Consent Order. Highlights: The site has been used as an auto recycling facility since the 1970’s and has been owned by North West Recycling Incorporated since 1980. Operations at the site include auto receiving, a “U-Pull-It” salvaging yard, auto dismantling and crushing, and repair and maintenance of heavy equipment and trucks. All auto fluids, batteries and tires are collected and stored on site in separate containers or areas for recycling, resale, or disposal. The site is located near the Columbia Slough, with Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way between the site and the Slough. Site storm water is managed under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System and a General Permit 1200-COLS permit. Storm water ...

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Chance to Comment On…..
Proposed No Further Action Decision for the Pacific Car Crushing Site
Publication:
The Oregonian and Secretary of State’s Bulletin
Publishing Date:
November
1, 2004
Comments Due:
November 30, 2004
Project Location:
The site is located at 9635 North Columbia Boulevard in 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) invites public comment on its proposal for a “No Further
Action” (NFA) determination proposed for the Pacific Car Crushing Site, removal of the site from the Confirmed
Release and Inventory Lists, and issuance of a Certificate of Completion for the existing Consent Order.
Highlights:
The site has been used as an auto recycling facility since the 1970’s and has been owned by North West
Recycling Incorporated since 1980.
Operations at the site include auto receiving, a “U-Pull-It” salvaging yard, auto
dismantling and crushing, and repair and maintenance of heavy equipment and trucks.
All auto fluids, batteries and
tires are collected and stored on site in separate containers or areas for recycling, resale, or disposal.
The site is
located near the Columbia Slough, with Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way between the site and the Slough.
Site storm water is managed under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System and a General Permit 1200-
COLS permit.
Storm water from the site is directed by a series of culverts and by sheet flow to a storm water
retention pond.
Storm water from the auto crushing building is directed to an oil and water separator.
The retention
pond overflows during times of high rainfall and the storm water infiltrates into the ground adjacent to the pond.
An investigation has been conducted of soil, retention pond sediment and overflow water, surface water, and
groundwater at the site.
The purpose of the investigation was to determine whether a release of hazardous chemicals
had occurred, and whether a completed pathway exists for site-related chemicals to reach the adjacent Columbia
Slough. Groundwater in a perched zone leaks downward to the shallow groundwater, and may also discharge to the
Slough in the easternmost portion of the site immediately adjacent to the Slough. Shallow groundwater beneath the
site flows to the southeast, and eventually discharges to the Slough at a distance from the site.
Site investigation
results indicate low levels of contaminants present in soil, pond sediment and water, and groundwater that include
petroleum hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile
organic chemicals (VOCs) and metals.
Petroleum hydrocarbons were detected in highest concentrations in soil in
the car crushing area.
PAHs were detected at low concentrations in soil across the site, in pond sediment and water,
and at very low concentrations in groundwater.
PCBs at low concentrations were detected in pond sediment.
Low
concentrations of VOCs were detected in soil and groundwater.
Metals, mainly arsenic, lead, barium and selenium,
were detected in shallow perched and water table groundwater at levels that exceed SLVs but did not exceed
expected background concentrations, were infrequently detected, or likely from off site sources.
The property owner has conducted soil and sediment removal actions.
Between 1995 and 2001 some 810 tons of
petroleum contaminated soil has been removed from the car crushing area and replaced with clean gravel fill. The
owner has instituted improved management practices and also paved the car crushing building area to reduce or
eliminate releases of auto fluids during crushing operations. The on site storm water retention pond was
reconstructed 2001 and about 262 tons of PAH and PCB contaminated pond sediment was excavated and disposed.
In June 2003, about 950 tons of PAH contaminated soil near the office building was excavated to a site-specific risk-
based cleanup concentration and the soil disposed.
A risk assessment was performed to evaluate risks to potential human and ecological receptors due to exposure to
surface and subsurface soil, groundwater, and sediments, and included completion of a Level I scoping assessment.
The site is an active industrial property and does not support ecological habitat and no further ecological risk
assessment was conducted for soil.
Soil exposure scenarios included incidental ingestion, dermal contact, and
inhalation of volatiles or dust by workers, trench workers, and trespassers.
Risk assessment results indicate that risk
to humans for exposure to contaminants in soil at the site is below acceptable risk levels established by DEQ.
Perched groundwater was evaluated for exposure of workers to indoor/outdoor air, groundwater during trenching,
and exposure of Slough recreational users to site chemicals discharged to the Slough via groundwater, and to aquatic
receptors in the Slough.
The results of the risk assessment indicate that the risk to humans and ecological receptors
for exposure to groundwater and surface water are below acceptable levels established by DEQ.
DEQ has concluded that no further actions are warranted for this site because risk-based criteria for human and
ecological receptors have not been exceeded.
Since no further actions would be required for the site DEQ proposes
to remove the site from the Confirmed Release and Inventory Lists.
All work required under the existing Consent
Order has been completed and, with no further action required for the site, a Certificate of Completion would be
issued and the Consent Order terminated.
How to Comment:
You can review the administrative record for the proposed No Further Action and Delisting at
DEQ’s Northwest Region office located at 2020 SW 4
th
Avenue, Suite 400, in Portland.
For an appointment to
review the files call (503)229-6729; toll free at (800)452-4011; or TTY at (503)229-5471.
Please sent written
comments to Mavis D. Kent, Project Manager, at the address listed above or via email at
:
kent.mavis.d@deq.state.or.us
.
DEQ must receive written comments by 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2004.
This
notice will also be published in the local newspaper The Oregonian.
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 November 30, 2004 deadline.
In the
absence of comments, DEQ will issue the No Further Action, remove the site from the Confirmed Release and
Inventory Lists, and issue a Certificate of Completion for the Consent Order.
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