Division of Waste Management

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 08, 2008  
Contact Information:  Eva Smith-Carroll, Division of Waste Management, 502-564-6716  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2008) -- Environmental cleanup of the old Derby Tank and Car Cleaning site near Ekron in Meade County is complete.

The cleanup was done under supervision of the Superfund Branch in the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management. Money for the $852,872 project came from the Hazardous Waste Management Fund, a trust created by the General Assembly to collect fees from hazardous waste generators.

This is again a usable piece of property that is back in circulation and available for a business or industry, said Harry Craycroft, Meade County judge-executive.

The land has a long history of commercial use. A brandy distillery was established on the site by J.A. Barry in 1889, according to Meade County historian Robert Chism.

Then in 1974, a railcar and tanker cleaning/re-furbishing facility began operation on the 42-acre site. The business closed and the property was abandoned in 1994.

Ekron Mayor Gwynne Ison said, “The Superfund has just really saved us with their grants and willingness to clean this up.” 

From around 1995 to 2003, a series of interim removal actions was conducted, including off-site disposal of residual wastes consisting of corrosive/caustics, heavy metals, petroleum-based solvents and products from the rail cars, including animal fat. 

This spring, following a pre-remediation investigation and development of a plan, a cleanup contract was awarded to Early Environmental Contracting of Shelbyville.

The Derby Tank remedial project involved installing a secure fence around the property; filling and capping subsurface building foundations and process units; removing and off-site disposing of contaminated soil, removing residual waste from sumps and piping, and a waste cell that was the principal subsurface containment basin for tank and railcar clean-out residue; and installing a nine-acre soil cap consisting of a 1- to 1.5-foot layer of compacted soil and a vegetative cover.

Since 1993, there have been 66 major state-lead Superfund sites remediated in Kentucky.
During that same period, 480 smaller site cleanups – involving, for example, abandoned or leaking drums, mercury assessments and removals, and soil cleanups – have been conducted.


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