1993-02-12 – DOE – Letter to EPA after being named PRP at West Lake

1993-02-12 - DOE Letter to EPA after being named PRP at West Lake

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Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
fEB 1 ‘I 1993
Mr. David A. Wagoner
Director, Waste Management Division
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency,(Region VII _•
726 Minnesota Avenue ‘—””‘
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Dear Mr. Wagoner:
Since receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) letter dated
August II1, 1992, naming the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) a potentially
responsible party (PRP) for health and/or environmental concerns at the West
Lake Landfill site in St. Louis, Missouri, DOE has been working with EPA and
the other named PRPs toward an agreement which addresses the siite concerns.
At this point, agreement has been reached among the PRPs regarding the basis
for participation and the selection of a contractor for site investigations.
In addition, substantial agreement has been reached between EPA and the PRPs
concerning the text of an Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) and the scope
of work for the site remedial investigation/feasibility study to be performed
under the AOC. The purpose of this letter is to provide you DtiE’s current
status regarding the actual signing of the AOC.
Under DOE’s written procedures, approval of the Secretary of Energy is
required|prior to signing the AOC for West Lake Landfill. As of this date,
all the DOE organizational elements responsible for reviewing agreements and
consent orders have examined the West Lake Landfill AOC and are recommending
Secretarial approval. Unfortunately, this approval process takes time and is
not expected to be completed until late February or early March.
In summary, at this time we forsee no difficulties in signing the AOC and
moving forward with the assessment of the risks posed by the hlest Lake
Landfilll site. I appreciate your patience with our approval process and
assure you that we will continue to do our best to expedite the matter.
Deputy Assistant’Secretary
for Environmental Restoration