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Site Summary Full Report - Details for Site ID 5094, Bob's Metals, Inc.

This report shows data entered as of November 28, 2014 at 11:09:15 AM

This report contains site details, organized into the following sections: 1) Site Photos (appears only if the site has photos); 2) General Site Information; 3) Site Characteristics; 4) Substance Contamination Information; 5) Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions; and 6) Site Environmental Controls (i.e., institutional or engineering controls; appears only if†DEQ†has applied one or more such controls to the site).††A key to certain acronyms and terms used in the report appears at the†bottom of the page.

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General Site Information

Site ID: 5094 Site Name: Bob's Metals, Inc. CERCLIS No:
Address: 1815 N Columbia Blvd. Portland 97217
  County: Multnomah Region: Northwest
Other location information: The City of Portland lists the site address both as 1815 n Columbia Blvd., and 1837 N Columbia Blvd. The Bobís Metals site is located in a heavy industrial area of North Portlandís Kenton neighborhood, along the north side of N Columbia Boulevard, just under ľ mile west of Interstate Highway 5 [I-5]. Columbia Slough forms the siteís northern boundary. A Union Pacific Railroad [UPRR] right-of-way lies between the siteís southern boundary and N Columbia Boulevard. An elevated TriMet light rail line and N Denver Avenue lie 460- and 515 feet west of the site. A vegetated and partially backfilled bed of a former, unnamed creek forms the siteís eastern boundary. The municipal stormwater sewer that terminates at City of Portland Stormwater Outfall #61 is aligned along the path of the former creek bed. The Hoffman Property (ECSI #2846) lies at the northwest corner of the site; Familian NW (ECSI #2847) lies between the site and N Denver Avenue; Familian NW-2121 N Columbia Blvd. (ECSI #3860) lies to the west, just beyond N Denver Avenue; Nicolai Co. (ECSI #679) lies south of the site, just beyond N Columbia Boulevard; Blasen Family LLC (ECSI #3785) lies to the east, just beyond the former creek bed.
Investigation Status: Suspect site requiring further investigation
  Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: No Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 1N , 1E , 9 Tax Lots: 200, 300
  Latitude: 45.5868 deg. Longitude: -122.6851 deg.  Site Size: 14.20 acres
Other Site Names:
  Old Nicolai Door Plant
  Kleen Blast

Site Characteristics

General Site Description: The site is comprised of two adjoining tax lots totaling 14.20 acres, and is partially fenced along its southern and western property lines. Vehicle access is possible both from N Columbia Boulevard and N Denver Avenue. Most of the site is covered either by buildings or asphalt paving, although the northeastern quarter of the site has numerous areas with exposed soil or gravel surfaces. Six buildings are currently located on the southern one-third to one-half of the siteís two tax lots. A 75- to 180 foot wide strip of vegetation is present along the strongly sloped southern bank of the Columbia Slough; as much as one-fourth of the eastern tax lot (Tax Lot 200) is unpaved.

Site terrain is uneven, with surface elevations ranging from about 48 feet above mean sea level [MSL] west of the siteís former Fabrication Shop and north of Building 6, to a surface water level of about 8 feet MSL on the Columbia Slough. South of the siteís former Fabrication Shop, the land surface slopes downward to the south-southeast; to the east of the Fabrication Shop, the land surface slopes strongly downward to the east; northwest of the Fabrication Shop, the land surface slopes strongly downward to the north.
Site History: MDRI Properties, LLC, acquired the site from Familian Northwest, Inc. (since 2003, a division of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. of Virginia) in August 2007. Robert Weinstein, the President of Bobís Metals, Inc., is also a member of MDRI Properties, LLC. Although Bobís Metals has been in business for at least 20 years, the company has only operated at the site since November 2007. The business previously operated at the site of Zidell Marine Corp. (Zidell Waterfront Property; 3121 SW Moody Ave.; ECSI #689). Buildings 10 and 11, at the southeast corner of the Bobís Metals recycling facility, have been leased to Kleen Blast since late 2007 or early 2008.

Familian Northwest, Inc., a plumbing supply distributor, acquired the property from Timberline Forest Products, Ltd. (Timberline of Portland, Inc.) in 1993, and generally used the site for outdoor storage of metal pipe, coated metal pipe, and PVC pipe. The Fabrication Shop was used for pipe cutting and threading. Building 11 was used for fork lift repairs and as a paint shop. Building 10 was originally constructed in 1981 as a vehicle maintenance shop.

Timberline Forest Products acquired the site in 1988 from Nicolai Morgan, the successor of the Nicolai Company. It is not known if, or how long, Timberline may actually have operated at the site. Nicolai Company, previously known as Nicolai Door Manufacturing Co. (1950-1965), and Nicolai Door Co. (1930), operated a planning mill, moulding fabrication shop, and drying kilns at the site from sometime before 1924 until 1986 .

Buildings 11 is the historic location of Durable Roofing Manufacturing Co. (prior to 1924), Columbia Cabinet & Fixture Co. (1950), and Standard Pail Co. (1950-64), a pail reconditioning operation. Durable Roofing Manufacturing Co. operated a tar oven in the northwest addition of Building 11. Columbia Cabinet & Fixture Co. had a paint shop within the southern extension of Building 11, and a paint factory within the main portion of Building 11.

The northern portion of the property was used for agricultural purposes through at least 1955. A hog farm occupied the northeast quarter of Tax Lot 200 in the 1940ís, while several residential buildings were located along the west central portion of the tax lot. The northern portion of the site was overgrown with dense vegetation in 1966. Aerial photograph suggest that fill may have been added to this portion of the property in 1972-1980.
Contamination Information: Site groundwater contains toxic metals (arsenic, lead, barium, cadmium, and chromium) at concentrations that exceed Risk-Based Concentrations for tap water, or Ecological Risk Assessment Screening Levels for freshwater aquatic life. PCE and TCE were detected in groundwater within the siteís southern property line at concentrations that exceed Risk-Based Concentrations for tap water, although these contaminants could be associated with a recognized areawide groundwater contamination plume.

Three metals (arsenic, lead, and chromium) were detected in the siteís shallow soils at concentrations that appear well above local background concentrations, and could represent a potential threat to groundwater, although the presence of these metals could be attributable to site fill. The concentrations of arsenic detected in two soil borings at 4- to 5 feet bgs exceed Risk-Based Concentrations for construction worker exposures. Low to moderate concentrations of oil have been detected in site soils at several locations, although no PAHs have been detected. There is no indication that residual Bunker C fuel contamination in subsurface soils west of Building 9 was ever removed, or that the contaminated soils in this area were ever analyzed for PAHs or toxic metals.

There is further concern that fugitive shotblast grit that was observed in surface soils surrounding the Kleen Blast shotblast recovery facility could contain toxic metals at concentrations that could represent a direct contact, inhalation, or incidental ingestion threat to on-site workers, or a potential toxicity threat to aquatic life in the Columbia Slough.
Manner and Time of Release: Underground petroleum storage tank releases.
Other unknown:
Possible historic site activities.
Possible migration of contaminated groundwater from off-site (PCE and TCE contamination).
Possible contaminated fill.
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types: Toxic Metals, Petroleum (diesel fuel, Bunker C fuel, probably PAHs, possibly petroleum tar), PCE and TCE.
Pathways: Site contaminanats represent potential human health threats through direct contact, incidental ingestion, or inhalation. They may also represent potential ecological threats to fish and protected migratory waterfowl in Columbia Slough, or to Critical Habitat for Threatened and Endangered salmonids downstream from the site.

Site groundwater may discharge to Columbia Slough, so groundwater contaminants could represent a threat to aquatic life, migratory water fowl, or recreational users of the slough. Wetlands are found downstream along the slough, and the lower slough is designated Critical Habitat for Threatened and Endangered salmonids (Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead trout).

There are also a number of industrial wells within 1/4 mile of the site. Groundwater contaminants could affect industrial water use or represent an exposure threat through direct human contact.

Contaminated subsurface soils can represent a potential health threat for future construction workers or utility trench workers at the site, or further threaten site groundwater quality.

Fugitive shotblast grit on site surface soils could represent a potential health threat for on-site workers, or a runoff threat to Columbia Slough.

In approximately 2011, a 3ft berm was constructed in the northeast quater of the site, prior to this There were no stormwater runoff controls. Much the area lies within the slough's 100-year flood zone. A significant portion of the site's northeastern quarter is unpaved, so contaminated stormwater runoff may also infiltrate into underlying soils and threaten groundwater quality. Metal storage and cutting activities on the northeastern quarter of the site may contribute contaminants to stormwater runoff.

Stormwater runoff from the southern portion of the site is directed to a brick lined manhole which is piped to the municipal stormsewer.
Environmental/Health Threats: Subsurface soils and groundwater contain elevated concentrations of toxic metals that could represent a potential ingestion threats for groundwater consumers, or potential direct contact and incidental ingestion threats for future construction workers or utility trench workers.

Should contaminated groundwater discharge to Columbia Slough, the metals could represent a potential threat to fish and wildlife in the slough.

Subsurface soils are also contaminated with Bunker C fuel, which could represent potential direct contact, incidental ingestion, or inhalation threats for future construction workers or utility trench workers, or a possibly vapor intrusion threats for on-site workers inside nearby buildings, although Bunker C fuel concentrations (PAH concentrations) in site soils are unknown.

Surface soils also contain fugitive shotblast grit that may contain elevated concentrations of toxic metals that could represent potential direct contact, incidental ingestion, or inhalation threats for on-site workers, although metals concentrations and bioavailability of metals in the grit is unknown.

Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: [9/26/11 SAM/ICP] Bob's entered into a voluntary agreement with DEQ in August 2011 to assess stormwater and source control measures for the property.

A draft stormwater source control evaluation work plan was submitted to DEQ on Sept 23, 2011. DEQ is reviewing work plan.

[2/27/12 SAM/ICP] Source Control Evaluation work plan approved by DEQ 1/20/12.
[10/12/12 SAM/ICP] A dye study indicated stormwater from the SW portion of the facility drains to the city system(outfall 61) and will require a stormwater permit. An infiltration pond near the center of the property and a berm has been constructed the NE corner of the site to control stormwater, prior to DEQ cleanup involvement.
[1/16/14 SAM/ICP] Bob's Metals is evaluating stormwater management on site, which will consider infiltration on site.
Data Sources: 1. A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, 14.2-Acre Industrial Property, 1815 N Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, prepared for Sterling Savings bank and Bobís Metals Inc., by Assessment Associates, Inc., Environmental Consulting, AAI Project No. 1035, May 29, 2007.

2. Site Investigation and Remediation Report, 1815 N. Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, prepared for Bobís Metals Inc., Portland, Oregon, by PBS Engineering and Environmental, PBS Project No: 18648.000, July 2007.

3. Infiltration Evaluation, Bobís Metal, 9000 N. Denver Avenue, Portland, Oregon, prepared for Bob Weinstein, Bobís Metal, P.O. Box 10074, Portland, Oregon, by Terra Dolce Consultants, Inc., Project No. 346-001, August 26, 2008.

4. Facility Diagram, Figure 2, Bobís Metals, 1837 N. Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, prepared by Wohlers Environmental Services, Inc., Project No. 08-0022, 11/12/08.

5. Preliminary Assessment, Nicolai Morgan, 1812 N. Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, EPA ID # ORD038044152 (ECSI #679), prepared for USEPA, Region 10, by Oregon DEQ, September 13, 1991.

6. Phase II Environmental Site Investigation, Project Task No. 100.690, Document No. 100.690, Pelett Property, 1812 North Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, Tri-Met File No. 1219, prepared for Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon, 710 NE Holladay Street, Portland, Oregon, by Parsons Brinckerhoff, February 14, 2001.

7. DEQ LUST File 26-92-0060, Nicolai Door, Archive Box #54.


Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
ARSENIC Groundwater 47.3 ppb arsenic in groundwater at 38-45 ft bgs in boring B-6. 32.7 ppb at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 20.9 ppb at 20-30 ft bgs in B-1. 13.7 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs in B-5. 3.8 ppb at 36-45 ft bgs in B-7. 6/27/2007
ARSENIC Sediment 10.6 ppm srsenic in Columbia Slough sediments along site (sample LS-17). 1/21/2006 2:14:55 PM
ARSENIC Soil 46.6 ppm arsenic in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-4. 15.1 ppm in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-6. 9.8 ppm in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-5. 8.9 ppm in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-2. 6/27/2007
BARIUM Groundwater 1,770 ppb barium in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 611 ppb at 38-45 ft bgs in B-6. 522 ppb at 20-30 ft bgs in B-1. 381 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs at B-5. 219 ppb at 36-45 ft bgs at B-7. 6/27/2007 1:49:42 PM
BARIUM Soil 215 ppm barium in soil at 3.5-4.5 ft bgs in boring B-3. 155 ppm barium in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 131 ppm at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-5. 129 ppm at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-6. 6/27/2007
BUNKER - FUEL OIL Soil 5/15/1992 2:08:08 PM
CADMIUM Groundwater 3.54 ppb cadmium in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 1.54 ppb at 38-45 ft bgs at B-6. 1.52 ppb at 20-30 ft bgs at B-1. 6/27/2007 1:52:38 PM
CADMIUM Sediment 2.07 ppm cadmium in Columbia Slough sediments along sitye (sample LS-17). 1/21/2006 2:17:31 PM
CADMIUM Soil 0.719 ppm cadmium in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-6. 0.705 ppm cadmium in soil at 5-6 ft bgs in boring B-7. 0.675 ppm at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-4. 0.637 ppm at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 6/27/2007 1:31:47 PM
CHROMIUM Groundwater 73.6 ppb chromium in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 66.1 ppb at 38-45 ft bgs in B-6. 39.7 ppb at 20-30 ft bgs in B-1. 28.1 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs in B-5. 6/27/2007 1:54:34 PM
CHROMIUM Sediment 65.3 ppm chromium in Columbia Slough sediments along site (sample LS-17). 1/21/2006 2:18:52 PM
CHROMIUM Soil 27.2 ppm chromium in soil at 5-6 ft bgs in boring B-7. 21 ppm in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-6. 18.5 ppm in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 17.4 ppm at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-5. 6/27/2007
DIESEL - FUEL OIL Soil At diesel fuel UST removal (at incinerator). 5/1/1992
LEAD Groundwater 54.9 ppb lead in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-5. 46.6 ppb at 2--30 ft bgs at B-1. 38.6 ppb at 38-45 ft bgs at B-6. 15.8 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs at B-5. 6 ppb at 21-30 ft bgs at B-3. 6/27/2007 1:58:27 PM
LEAD Sediment 865 ppm lead in Columbia Slough sediments along site (sample CSLTS603500). 1/21/1994 2:20:13 PM
LEAD Soil 93.5 ppm lead in soil at 5-6 ft bgs in boring B-7. 39.6 ppm in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 17.5 ppm in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-6. 6/27/2007 1:37:15 PM
MERCURY Sediment 0.39 ppm mercury in Columbia Slough sediments along site (sample CSLTS603500). 1/21/1994 2:21:39 PM
MERCURY Soil 0.052 ppm mercury in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 0.036 ppm in soil at 5-6 ft bgs in boring B-7. 0.023 ppm in soil at 3.5-4.5 ft bgs in boring B-3. 0.014 ppm in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-4. 6/27/2007 1:43:14 PM
OIL - WASTE Soil 1,260 ppm oil in soil at 2-3 ft bgs in boring B-1. 766 ppm oil in soil at 5-6 ft bgs in boring B-7. 569 ppm oil in soil at 4-5 ft bgs in boring B-4. 6/27/2007
TETRACHLOROETHYLENE Groundwater 1.86 ppb PCE in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 1.23 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs in B-5. 6/27/2007 2:02:10 PM
TRICHLOROETHYLENE Groundwater 1.33 ppb TCE in groundwater at 28-35 ft bgs in boring B-4. 0.68 ppb at 31-40 ft bgs in B-5. 6/27/2007 2:03:53 PM
TRICHLOROETHYLENE Sediment 3 ppb TCE in COlumbia Slough sediments along site (sample CSLTS603500). 1/21/1994 2:22:55 PM

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
Site added to database 11/05/2008 11/05/2008 Janelle Waggy
Site Screening recommended (EV) 11/05/2008 11/05/2008 Stephen Fortuna SAS
PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT EQUIVALENT 11/14/2008 01/21/2009 Stephen Fortuna SAS
Other remedial or investigative action recommended 01/21/2009 01/21/2009 Stephen Fortuna SAS
Proposal for Confirmed Release List recommended 01/21/2009 01/28/2009 Stephen Fortuna SAS
Proposal for Inventory recommended 01/21/2009 01/28/2009 Stephen Fortuna SAS
Options Letter For Further Action Sent 01/29/2009 01/29/2009 Stephen Fortuna SAS
Source Control Decision  (Primary Action) 08/17/2011   Sarah Miller VCP

Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

  • CERCLIS No.: The U.S. EPA's Hazardous Waste Site identification number, shown only if EPA has been involved at the site.
     
  • Region: DEQ divides the state into three regions, Eastern, Northwest, and Western; the regional office shown is responsible for site investigation/cleanup.
     
  • NPL Site: Is this site on EPA's National Priority List (i.e., a federal Superfund site)? (Y/N).
     
  • Orphan Site: Has DEQ's Orphan Program been active at this site? (Y/N). The Orphan Program uses state funds to clean up high-priority sites where owners and operators responsible for the contamination are absent, or are unable or unwilling to use their own resources for cleanup.
     
  • Study Area: Is this site a Study Area? (Y/N). Study Areas are groupings of individual ECSI sites that may be contributing to a larger, area-wide problem. ECSI assigns unique Site ID numbers to both individual sites and to Study Areas.
     
  • Pathways: A description of human or environmental resources that site contamination could affect.
     
  • Lead Pgm: This column refers to the Cleanup Program affiliation of the DEQ employee responsible for the action shown. SAS or SAP = Site Assessment; VCS or VCP = Voluntary Cleanup; ICP = Independent Cleanup; SRS or SRP = Site Response (enforcement cleanup); ORP = Orphan Program.

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