EPA ID# ORD068782820
EPA Region 10

2nd Congressional District

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Last Update: August, 2007

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The 18-acre Joseph Forest Products site is located about one mile northwest of the city of Joseph in Wallowa County, Oregon. A wood treating facility operated at the site from 1974 until 1985. Wood cutting and planing activities continued at the site for a few years . Contamination at the site was caused by sloppy site operations and by a 1974 fire that destroyed the treatment building and caused a release of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) wood treatment solution. Soil on-site was contaminated with copper, chrome, arsenic, and lead. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1984, and ceased operations in 1985. The site lies within the city of Enterprise watershed protection area, and the city water supply springs are located less than one mile downstream. Groundwater within 3 miles of the site provides drinking water to more than 2,000 people. Approximately 1,000 people live within 3 miles of the site.

Site Responsibility: This site has been addressed through Federal actions.

NPL Listing HistoryDates
Proposed Date:06/24/1988
Removed Date:
Withdrawal Date:
Final Date:03/31/1989
Deleted Date:11/04/1999

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Media Affected: Groundwater, Soil & Sludges, Surface Water
Elevated levels of arsenic, chromium, and lead existed in on-site groundwater, sediment, and soil. Arsenic and chromium also were detected in standing water from the cement pit. Individuals who accidentally ingested groundwater, soil, sediments, or surface water were at risk. Inhalation of windblown contaminated dust particles also posed a health threat. The Wallowa River and the City of Enterprise's water supply springs were potentially threatened by the site contaminants.

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Early Actions: In the Fall of 1991, EPA excavated approximately 1,068 tons of highly contaminated soil adjacent to the treatment building and transported it to an off-site hazardous waste disposal facility.

Long-Term Actions: After conducting an investigation, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) in September, 1992, which selected a final remedy for the site. The remedy included excavation of contaminated surface and subsurface soils, demolition of the treatment building, decontamination of the drip pad, off-site disposal of contaminated soil and debris, removal of asbestos from the wood drying building, removal of underground storage tanks, and groundwater monitoring. Construction of the remedy was completed by EPA in May, 1993. A total of 6443 tons of contaminated soil and debris were excavated and transported to off-site disposal facilities. Groundwater monitoring, conducted by EPA and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for three years, did not show a need for any additional cleanup. Five year reviews were completed in September 1998 and 2003.

This site was deleted from the National Priorities List on November 4, 1999.

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SITE MANAGER(S):Chip Humphrey
PHONE NUMBER:503-326-2678
PHONE NUMBER:503-326-6994
Information pertaining to this site is housed at the following location(s):
Enterprise City Hall (Selected Documents)
108 Northeast 1st Street
Enterprise, OR 97828

Wallowa County Planning Dept. (Administrative Records)
County Courthouse
101 South River Street
Enterprise, OR 97828
(541) 426-4543

EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center (Administrative Records)
1200 Sixth Avenue, ECL-076
Seattle, WA 98101