EPA ID# MOD094390416

MoDNR Contact: Bruce Stuart, 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827
EPA Contact: Robert Aston, Jr., 913-551-7392 or 800-223-0425
Facility Contact: Robert Bleazard, 480-722-4866
Last Updated: Aug. 8, 2017

  • Former Company Name: Ramsey Corp. Inc., TRW Inc., TRW Automotive Products Inc.
  • Location of hard copies of hazardous waste permit application, Part I and Part II Permits, modification requests, reports, etc. and supporting documents:

Current Activities

Final Order Issued: On July 24, 2017, TRW Automotive LLC voluntarily entered into a Corrective Action Abatement Order on Consent with the department, Order No. 17-HW-P001, to  implement the approved final remedy for groundwater contamination at the former TRW Ramsey facility. TRW-Ramsey has been conducting corrective action investigations and remediation activities at the site under a 3008(h) Corrective Action Order on Consent with EPA. The status of TRW’s corrective action activities is described below.

The department, in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), previously approved a final remedy for the facility following public review and comment. The approved final remedy includes property activity and use limitations, which are contained in an Environmental Covenant that was filed with the Franklin County Recorder of Deeds. The Order is the regulatory instrument that will guide implementation and long-term operation, maintenance and monitoring of the remaining elements of the approved final remedy. The Order also shift oversight responsibility for the corrective action activities from EPA to the department. The public can review and copy paper copies of the Corrective Action Abatement Order on Consent and supporting documents at the agency locations above.

 

The TRW Ramsey site is located on about 7 acres at 300 Ramsey Drive in Sullivan. From 1950 through 1984, the Ramsey Corp. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TRW Inc., manufactured automobile piston rings and operated a chrome plating system. A variety of hazardous wastes were produced as part of the facility operations, including trichloroethylene (TCE) and chrome-contaminated sludge. Ramsey operated three wastewater treatment lagoons and one lagoon to store sludge produced during wastewater treatment operations. Waste TCE solvent and used oil were temporarily stored in drums before being shipped off-site for disposal.

Sullivan Warehousing Inc. and Sister Property Inc. acquired the property from TRW in July 1987. Through an agreement with Sullivan Warehousing and Sister Property, Rokwell Industries have been conducting manufacturing operations at the facility.

Ramsey closed the hazardous waste management units in the late 1980s. According to applicable state and federal hazardous waste laws and regulations, all hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities are required to investigate and clean up releases of hazardous waste and hazardous constituents to the environment at their facility resulting from present and past hazardous waste handling practices. Investigations performed by TRW after the closure showed groundwater was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chromium and lead. VOC contaminated groundwater from the former TRW Ramsey facility was linked to impacts to the City of Sullivan’s municipal water supply well #2. The movement of the contaminated groundwater is controlled by continued pumping of well #2. Water treatment equipment was also installed on this well to allow for continued use of the water.

On April 1, 1993, TRW Inc., Sullivan Warehousing Inc., Sister Property Inc., Rokwell Industries and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntarily entered into a 3008(h) Administrative Order on Consent, to conduct corrective action investigations and remediation activities at the former TRW Ramsey facility. The department, in coordination with the EPA, previously approved a final remedy for the facility following public review and comment. The approved final remedy includes property activity and use limitations, which are contained in an Environmental Covenant that was filed with the Franklin County Recorder of Deeds.

On July 24, 2017, TRW Automotive LLC voluntarily entered into a Corrective Action Abatement Order on Consent with the department, Order No. 17-HW-P001, to implement remaining elements of the approved final remedy for groundwater contamination at the former TRW Ramsey facility. This Order addresses ongoing operation of the treatment equipment at well #2 and monitoring of the treatment effectiveness. The Order also contains provisions that can be implemented to address any facility-related impacts to other municipal water supply wells.

As of July 24, 2017, TRW Automotive LLC is implementing the approved final remedy for groundwater contamination at the site under a Corrective Action Abatement Order on Consent with the department, Order No. 17-HW-P001.