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Hooker Chemical & Plastics Corp./Ruco Polymer Corp. Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NYD002920312
CERCLIS ID: NYD002920312
Location:
40.7575, -73.504169

Address:
125 NEW SOUTH ROAD
Hicksville, NY

Final Date: 19860610


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SIC Codes: 2821, 2869
SIC Descriptions:
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIC CHEMICALS, NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED, PLASTICS MATERIALS, SYNTHETIC RESINS, AND NONVULCANIZABLE ELASTOMERS
Programs: {AIRS/AFS,BR,CER
Program Interests:
AIR SYNTHETIC MINOR, COMPLIANCE

NAICS Descriptions:
ALL OTHER BASIC ORGANIC CHEMICAL
Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  June 10, 1986

Conditions at proposal (October 15, 1984): The Hooker Chemical & Plastics Corp./Ruco Polymer Corp. Site covers 72 acres in an industrial park area of Hicksville on Long Island, Nassau County, New York. The surrounding area is highly urbanized. Hooker/Ruco manufactures plastics, latex, and esters on the site.

Hooker/Ruco discharged liquid wastes into dry wells from 1951 to 1975. The wells for Plant 2, which manufactured polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and latex, received approximately 2 million gallons per year of waste water from 1956 to 1975. The primary materials were 0.1 percent PVC resin solids, 0.1 percent vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene, and vinyl acetate. In addition, unknown amounts of styrene and butadiene were discharged from latex processing. The well for Plant 1, which manufactured esters, received waste water containing "considerable" amounts of mixed glycols and alcohols, according to the Nassau County Health Department. The waste water also included tetrachloroethylene, methanol, and organic acids such as adipic, trimellitic, maleic, and phthalic.

From 1975 through 1980, the Health Department verified contamination of industrial wells at the neighboring Grumman Aerospace Corp. with high levels of vinyl chloride and other chlorinated organic compounds. The maximum level was 50 parts per billion. The Health Department determined that Hooker/Ruco was the only producer and user of vinyl chloride on Long Island. There are 4 public supply wells within 1 mile of the site; more than 24 are within 3 miles, of which one, Hicksville Water District, serves 58,000 persons.

Status (June 10, 1986): EPA is considering various alternatives for this site.