Hazardous Waste Program

Quality Analytical Services Inc.

EPA ID# MOD073027609

DNR Contact:      Bill Fanska, PE, 573-751-3553 or 800-361-4827
EPA Contact:      Mike Dandurand, 913-551-7504 or 800-223-0425
Facility Contact:  Charles E. Wetzler, 913-814-3830
Last Updated:      Feb. 15, 2013    

What’s New

Quality Analytical Services Inc. is conducting corrective action and performing long-term monitoring and maintenance of the above ground waste oil storage tanks and former tank farm area under an EPA Administrative Order on Consent for Corrective Action.  The status of Quality Analytical's post-closure and corrective action activities are described below. The public can review and copy paper copies of all permits, reports and supporting documents at the agency locations above.

Facility Description

Quality Analytical Services Inc. is located at 1633 Marsh Ave. in Blue Summit. In January 1958, Radium Petroleum Co., began operating a waste oil management facility at the site. Deffenbaugh Industries purchased Radium Petroleum Co. in 1974. The facility continued to do business as Radium Petroleum Co. until the corporate name was changed to Industrial Service Corp. in January 1988. The facility’s name was changed to Quality Analytical Services in December 2000.

As a waste oil management site, Industrial Service Corp. collected and transported used oil from service stations, railroads, retail auto dealers, auto repair shops, transmission shops, farm implement companies, truck and car leasing companies and similar businesses. Industrial Service's reprocessed the waste oil by removing the associated water and blending the wastes for sale as a fuel. Used oil was the primary waste stored on-site along with diesel, hydraulic and other miscellaneous oils.

Industrial Service stopped processing waste oil in 1996. Closure of the above ground waste oil storage tanks and former tank farm area began April 9, 1998. The department accepted Industrial Service's closure certification in January 2002; however, due to soil and groundwater contamination, the area is also required to go through corrective action and a period of post-closure care. The main contaminants of concern are volatile organic compounds and metals.

Post-Closure and Corrective Action Status

During the mid-1980s, EPA performed a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, Facility Assessment for the site. The assessment was conducted to identify and gather information on potential or actual releases from any solid waste management units to the environment. Several areas of petroleum-contaminated soil and groundwater were identified throughout the site that required further investigation. During the late-1980s and early-1990s, EPA and Industrial Service conducted several sampling events to determine the type and horizontal and vertical extent of petroleum contamination at the facility. The results were sufficient to indicate that the contamination had moved off-site.

Closure of the waste oil processing areas began April 9, 1998. Closure activities included decontaminating, dismantling and properly disposing of all above ground waste oil storage tanks from the former tank farm area and associated waste oil processing equipment. The contaminated soil and concrete was excavated and properly disposed. A lined groundwater interceptor trench was installed parallel to Marsh Ave. to collect the contaminated groundwater. The excavated area was backfilled and capped. The remediation system was installed and the entire area was fenced. The department accepted the closure certification in January 2002; however, corrective action and post-closure care activities continue at the facility.

Currently Quality Analytical Services is conducting groundwater monitoring at the site twice a year. Quality Analytical Services is also operating a groundwater pump and treat system to collect the contaminated groundwater.

Regulatory Status

Radium Petroleum/Industrial Service Corp. operated under the interim status portions of federal and state hazardous waste laws, 40 CFR Part 265 and 10 CSR 25-7.265. When Congress passed the federal law in 1980, all existing facilities that treated, stored or disposed of hazardous waste were required to obtain a hazardous waste permit. Because of the large number of existing facilities, Congress set up requirements which allowed these facilities to operate temporarily under “interim status” until they received their permit.

Radium Petroleum/Industrial Service Corp. submitted their original permit application in November 1980, with revisions submitted in September 1982, March 1983 and February 1985. Radium Petroleum/Industrial Service Corp. decided not to continue the hazardous waste permitting process and submitted an interim status closure plan to the department for approval in May 1992. Due to petroleum contamination at the facility and off-site, corrective action was necessary to protect human health and the environment. In September 1994, Industrial Service Corp. voluntarily entered into an Administrative Order on Consent for Corrective Action with EPA, Docket No. VII-94-H-0024, because Missouri had not yet received final authorization for the corrective action portion of the federal hazardous waste law.  The Order is still in effect.