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Leed Environmental, Inc.

ILCO Superfund Site; Leeds, Alabama

Project Description:   Leed Environmental, Inc. participated as the project coordinator for the ILCO Site Steering Committee and the ILCO Site Remediation Group for remedial design and remedial activities at the Interstate Lead Company (ILCO) Superfund Site in Leeds, Alabama. The ILCO site operated as a lead-acid battery recycling and secondary lead smelter from the early 1970s until 1992 when the owner declared bankruptcy. Blast furnace slag, battery cases, and other lead-containing wastes were disposed at the ILCO Main Facility and seven satellite sites (ILCO Parking Lot, City of Leeds Landfill, J&L Fabricators, Flemmings Patio, Acmar Church of God, Connell property, and the BP/Gulf service station). The scope of remedial activities at the ILCO Main Facility and satellite sites included additional site characterization, excavation and stabilization of lead-containing soil and waste materials, off-site disposal of stabilized materials, building demolition, ground-water monitoring, soil and stream sediment testing, biological monitoring, and other activities.

Scope of Work:   Leed Environmental, Inc. was retained by the ILCO Site Steering Committee and the ILCO Site Remediation Group to provide project coordination services and active project management for site security activities, treatability studies (acid leaching and solidification/stabilization), remedial design efforts, and remedial action. Remedial activities, currently ongoing at the site, include:

  • Excavation of soil, slag, battery cases, debris, and other materials;
  • Solidification/stabilization of excavated materials to meet nonhazardous characteristics;
  • Transport and off-site disposal of treated materials;
  • Reclamation of lead-containing materials;
  • Recycling of mercury-containing wastes;
  • Asbestos abatement;
  • Building decontamination and demolition;
  • Air, surface water, and groundwater monitoring;
  • Excavation, dewatering, and disposal of lead-contaminated stream sediments; and
  • Related activities.

Special Features/Unusual Considerations:  As noted above, the site includes a main facility and seven satellite sites located in and around Leeds, Alabama. Leed Environmental, Inc.'s responsibilities included coordination of efforts with off-site property owners, management of efforts to obtain access, temporary relocation of residents, and related activities. The project involved a very large quantity of contaminated soil --  currently projected at more than 400,000 tons. EPA considered the ILCO site to be one of the highest priority Superfund sites within EPA Region IV.

Responsibilities:   As the project coordinator, Leed Environmental, Inc. was responsible for managing all phases of technical activities, including project planning, work plan development, interaction with regulatory authorities, contractor selection, contractor management, and contractor oversight. The remedial tasks identified above were performed by prime contractors, with certain phases of work performed by subcontractors. Leed Environmental, Inc. was responsible for coordinating all portions of the work with the contractors/subcontractors, regulatory agencies, and the Steering Committee and Group.

Project Status:  Remedial activities, which are being managed by Leed Environmental, Inc., are about 95 percent complete. Groundwater monitoring and operation and maintenance activities, also being managed by Leed Environmental, Inc., are ongoing.

Project Duration for Leed Environmental, Inc.:   Twenty-two years, ongoing.