Precoat Metals of A Division of Sequa Corp.
(Formerly: Chesapeake Finished Metals)
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EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
Mail Stop: 3LC20
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Maryland Department of the Environment
Mr. Doug Frantz
2500 Broening Highway
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: (410) 631-3400
- This facility is one of EPA Region III's high priority RCRA corrective action sites. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) conducted a RCRA site inspection of the Chesapeake Finished Metals (CFM) facility in September 1998. An Environmental Indicator Inspection Report for the facility was completed by the COE and submitted to EPA in March 1999. Based on the information contained in the report, EPA had requested that CFM conduct groundwater sampling in the area of the former on-site stormwater collection basin. Furthermore, EPA had requested that CFM conduct an inspection of the concrete floors below the process area to assess the condition of the floors to ensure that the floors are providing a barrier to prevent process related wastes from reaching underlying soils and groundwater. In February 2001, CFM submitted a work plan for conducting the investigation as requested by EPA. That work plan was reviewed and approved by EPA.
- CFM conducted the investigation, during April and May 2001, in accordance with the work plan. In June 2001, CFM provided an Investigation Report to EPA, detailing the results of the investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, EPA made a preliminary decision that no further action is warranted at this facility at this time. EPA provided a public notice stating their no further action decision. There were no comments on EPA's preliminary decision for no further action, therefore a final no further action decision was rendered for this facility.
- Chesapeake Finished Metals, Inc. is a service industry with the capability to clean, electrogalvanize, surface conversion treat, paint or oil cold-rolled steel, hot dipped galvanized steel, black plate steel or aluminum. Initial operations began in 1976 and included scrubbing of coiled steel with an alkaline polyphosphate cleaner and high pressure washer; electrogalvanizing with zinc sulfate and dilute sulfuric acid and rinsing with water; processing with iron phosphate and an alkaline complex oxide or phosphoric acid; chromate treatment, chromium acid rinse and water rinse; and final processing with primer, paint or other coating. In 1992, a new process replaced the chromate treatment. All chromate submersion baths associated with the previous treatment process were removed and replaced by a new surface conversion process. The new process applies chrome treatment directly to the roll of metal with little waste product being generated. CFM has an on-site wastewater treatment facility and possesses a Howard County (MD) Final Wastewater Discharge Permit.
- Due to the relatively small size of this facility, the anticipated little to no environmental impacts, and the fact that the facility is located in a predominantly industrial/commercial area, community interaction is not anticipated at this time.
- Based on the historical information regarding a fuel oil spill and analytical results that revealed elevated metals in water samples from the former storm water basin, potential contaminants of concern at the CFM facility have been identified as semi-volatile compounds, zinc, and chromium.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pages, 40 KB, About DF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 8 pages, 25 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The facility is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager: Bill Wentworth (215)-814-3184.