May 9, 2021, 3:58 pm


EPA Identifier: 110009325541
CERCLIS ID: 110009325541
31.29722, -92.43958


Create Date: 01-MAR-00
Update Date: 20-MAR-12
Final Date: 20100713

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Federal Register Notice:  May 10, 1999 (PDF) (8 pp, 189K, About PDF)

Conditions at Proposal (January 1999): Ruston Foundry is located at 1010 Bogan Street, Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. The city of Alexandria is located in the central portion of the state of Louisiana. The Chatlin Lake Canal borders the facility on the north, east, and south and the former Missouri-Pacific Railroad borders of the facility on the west. Residential areas are adjacent to the north, east, and south of the property, across the Chatlin Lake Canal. An elementary school is located approximately 0.5 miles north from the facility and a recreational park is located within 0.25 miles south. The property is accessible to the public due to a missing front gate and damaged fencing.

The facility is an inactive and abandoned foundry situated on 4.6 acres of land. The facility began operations in 1908 but has been inactive since 1985 due to adjudication by the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's office for unpaid taxes. The company engaged in foundry and machine shop activities and in the manufacturing, prefabrication, and repair of articles of steel, iron, and other metals.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) conducted a site investigation in June 1990 and sampled soil and drums. Analysis of the soil samples revealed elevated concentrations of lead. LDEQ referred the facility to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for an emergency response action. In November 1990 and April 1998, EPA inspected the facility and collected soil, sediment, drum, and air samples from the facility property and the surrounding residential areas. Elevated concentrations of hazardous substances were identified in several slag piles on and adjacent to the facility property, an area of contaminated soil on the facility property, and an area of contaminated soil in the residential areas east of the facility.

Hazardous substances detected at the site include arsenic, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, nickel, and zinc. Releases of these hazardous substances have been documented to the soil and air surrounding the facility. More than 9,000 people live within 1-mile of the facility, and more than 64,000 individuals live within 4-miles of the facility.

Status (May 1999): EPA is considering various alternatives for the site.