nease chemical

BENTON RD AKA ST RTE 14A

The Nease Chemical site is located 2.5 miles northwest of the city of Salem, Ohio, in northern Columbiana County. The old chemical plant covers approximately 44 acres and is surrounded by lightly developed land on three sides and an industrial plant to the northeast. One hundred twenty four homes are located within one mile of the site. Between 1961 and 1973, Nease Chemical produced various chemical compounds including household cleaning compounds, fire retardants, and pesticides (most notably mirex, a probable human carcinogen). During the facility's operation, hazardous substances were released to the soils and groundwater through five unlined ponds onsite that were used to treat manufacturing process waste. Contaminants were also released to the soils and groundwater when hazardous substances escaped from drums that had been buried onsite. Contamination was released to the Middle Fork of Little Beaver Creek (MFLBC) through surface water runoff from the ponds into creek tributaries that run through the site. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) conducted investigations and inspections on and around the Nease property and documented contamination of soils, sediments, surface water, groundwater and fish along a thirty-mile reach of MFLBC. The MFLBC, its ecological corridor and associated wetlands are considered an important natural resource to this region with certain stretches designated as wild and scenic. Site Responsibility This site is being addressed through federal, state, and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Hazardous Ranking Score

47 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 5
Phone: (312) 353-2000

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Timeline

Discovery
Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL
Removal

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Carcinogen
      Endocrine Disrupter
      Neurotoxic
      Sensitiser
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
      VOC
      Mutagen

        Census

        White
        African American
        Asian
        American Indian and Alaska Native
        Native Hawaiian
        Other

        843

        People living
        within a 1 mile radius

        $53,377

        Average Income

        326

        Occupied homes

        Potentially Responsible Parties

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