The City Environmental site is located on 1 acre at 901 Woodswether Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The site was used as a fuel oil depot by Berry Oil until 1986, when United Solvent Services purchased the property. The facility has operated under several names, including U.S. Liquids and USL City Environmental Inc. In 1988, the facility was leased to Global Waste Management. Amerco purchased the property in January 1989 before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 1990. In early 1991, City Environmental Inc. purchased the facility.
City Environmental operated a fuel blending and waste storage facility at the site. City Environmental stored hazardous waste in containers and brokered containerized hazardous waste. The waste was stored in a drum storage area and tote bulk storage area until shipped off-site. City Environmental operated under two hazardous waste permits, one issued by the department and one issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), both effective Feb. 8, 1994. The department issued the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Facility Part I Permit. EPA issued the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments Part II Permit. Woodswether LLC later purchased the property on July 12, 2002. Since August 2005, the site has been subleased to Schaller Salvage Inc.
In March 1999, City Environmental notified the department that they were closing the facility. In 2001, City Environmental completed closure of the hazardous waste storage area and the storage and processing tanks. Closure activities included removing about 10 cubic yards of lead-contaminated soils and placing a clay liner cap over the residually contaminated soil. The department accepted City Environmental’s closure certification for the hazardous waste management areas. City Environmental is not subject to the permitting requirements of the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law or federal Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments for post-closure care.
The permits issued to City Environmental also require them 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 confirmed that there is soil and groundwater contamination at the site. Groundwater monitoring has shown that the contamination is limited to the eastern portion of the site and the overall level of most of the contaminants has decreased over time. On Aug. 18, 2006, following required public notice and opportunity for comment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the final remedy for the site, which includes a deed notice and monitored natural attenuation. City Environmental filed an Environmental Covenant in the chain-of-title for the affected property, which notifies in perpetuity, any potential purchaser of the environmental conditions of the property. The covenant, which was filed with the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds on Aug. 4, 2017, restricts the property to non-residential use, requires maintaining the engineering controls (i.e., fencing, environmental cap) and prohibits disturbing residually contaminated soil and drilling or using groundwater. On June 27, 2018, following required public notice and opportunity for public comment, EPA, in coordination with the department, approved the proposed final remedy of no further corrective action with institutional controls and released Facility Name from regulation as a hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility subject to the corrective action requirements of the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law and regulations.