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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 36, Doane Lake Study Area

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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 36, Doane Lake Study Area

General Site Information

Site ID: 36 Site Name: Doane Lake Study Area CERCLIS No: 980664916
Address: 1N/1W/S13 & 12 Portland 97210
  County: Multnomah Region: Northwest
Other location information: In NW Portland, on the west bank of the Willamette River at River Mile 7
Investigation Status: Suspect site requiring further investigation
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: No Study Area: Yes
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 1N , 1W , 13 Tax Lots: 35,42,111,31,43,1,33,44,36
  Latitude: 45.5747 deg. Longitude: -122.7508 deg.  Site Size: 120 acres
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Site Characteristics

General Site Description:
Site History: Doane Lake is a shallow lake and wetland in the floodplain of the Willamette River. Early in this century, the lake was split into three sections by an elevated railroad line. From the 1920s to the 1940s, heavy industries set up along the shores, filling in most of the remnants of Doane Lake.
Contamination Information: (3/1/95 KPD/SRS) Northwest of the railroad line, 30,000 cubic yards of coal tar were laid down from a coal gasification plant. Southeast of the railroad line, a company engaged in battery "breaking" and lead smelting buried 80,000 tons of lead-bearing material, and discharged 6.5 million gallons of sulfuric acid into the lake. An adjacent agricultural chemical production facility discharged wastewaters containing chlorinated phenolic and aromatic compounds, as well as herbicides and insecticides. In addition, highly alkaline calcium hydroxide and mildly radioactive zirconium sands have been landfilled in the area. In 1983, NL/Gould (the "battery breaking" site) was placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The RI/FS for NL/Gould was completed in 1988. However, DEQ decided to continue the groundwater investigation for an additional two years, looking into the possibility of an area-wide cleanup. The "Doane Lake Study" was completed in 1990.
Manner and Time of Release: Past operating practices; dumping to lake. Time of releases: early 1900s to 1980s.
Hazardous Substances/Waste Types: chlorophenols, coal tar, creosote, PAHs, herbicides, insecticides, radioactive casting sands, lead, calcium hydroxide sludge, volatile organics, sulfuric acid, asbestos
Pathways: The site is bordered by the Willamette River to the northeast. Forest Park is directly across Highway 30 to the southwest. Oil storage and refining facilities border the site to the southeast (see ECSI #1549). The McCormick & Baxter Superfund site (ECSI #74) is directly across the river from Doane Lake. Public access is restricted to all portions of the Study Area except the Waste Transfer Station.
Environmental/Health Threats: Groundwater contamination, potential releases to the Willamette River.
Status of Investigative or Remedial Action: (3/1/95 KPD/SRS) Upon completion of the Doane Lake Study, DEQ decided it would be more efficient to investigate and clean up the sites in the study area individually, rather than attempt a cleanup of the study area as a whole. An investigation is currently underway at the GASCO site northwest of the railroad line, and remedial activities are underway at the NL/Gould and Rhone-Poulenc (agricultural chemical plant) sites southeast of the line. However, since a cleanup of the area is expected to take years, in the interim, SRS recommends that the study area be placed on the Confirmed Release List (CRL) and the Inventory.
Data Sources: 1. ESCO Corp.- Willbridge Landfill files (ECSI #397). 2. Elf Atochem North America files (ECSI #398). 3. GASCO files (ECSI #84)(see VCS Project Manager files). 4. Gould Inc./NL Industries Inc files (ECSI #49)(see SRS Project Manager files). 5. Metro Central Transfer Station files (ECSI #1398). 6. Rhone-Poulenc Inc.- NW St Helens RD files (ECSI #155)(see SRS Project Manager files). 7. Schnitzer Investment - Doane Lake files (ECSI #395). 8. Wacker Siltronic Corporation files (ECSI #183). 9. Doane Lake Study Area files (ECSI #36).

Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
ANTHRACENE Groundwater 330 ppb  
ARSENIC Groundwater 610 ppb  
BENZENE Groundwater 23,300 ppb  
D,2,4- Groundwater 364 ppb  
DICHLOROPHENOL,2,4- Groundwater 358 ppb  
ETHYLBENZENE Groundwater 4,680 ppb  
FLUORANTHENE Groundwater 110 ppb  
LEAD Groundwater 290 ppb  
METHYLENE CHLORIDE Groundwater 779 ppb  
PETROLEUM HYDROCARBONS Groundwater 89,000 ppb  
SULFURIC ACID Groundwater pH 5.7  
TOLUENE Groundwater 5,960 ppb  
ZINC Groundwater 6,900 ppb  

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
Other remedial or investigative action recommended  (Primary Action) 07/09/1992 07/09/1992 Jill Kiernan SRS
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