The Alpha Chemical site, located in Kathleen, Florida, consists of over 32 acres, that comprise the Alpha Resins Corporation (ARC), a facility of the Alpha Chemical Corporation. Surface water from the site drains into a swampy, low-lying wetland area. The facility has produced unsaturated polyester resin for fiberglass manufacturers since 1967. After switching to incineration, Pond 4 dried up. A waste stream, referred to as the 'water of reaction,' is produced as a by-product of polyester resin formation. The percolation ponds have not been used since 1976. At that time, a thermal oxidizer was installed to incinerate the waste stream rather than place it in the percolation ponds. It was then used for one year as a solid waste landfill by ARC. In April 1983, a ground water assessment report indicated industrial impacts on the surficial aquifer. The selected remedial action for the site is discussed. The estimated capital cost for the remedial action is $142,400, with present worth O&M of $186,200.
Cover title: Superfund record of decision (EPA Region 4) Alpha Chemical, Alpha Resins Corporation site, Lakeland, Florida, May 1988, first remedial action. "March 1988." "EPA/ROD/R04-87/033." PB89-153811.