Harrison Road and Millmar Road Dross

Registry placement date: April 3, 2017

Score: 40

Location: Tucson, approximately bounded by Millmar Road to the north, Mountain View to the south, the private driveway of 9880 Millmar Road to the east and Harrison Hills wash to the west. The site is consists of mainly residential land uses.

Contaminants of concern: Aluminum dross is a byproduct of aluminum scrap meltdown and consists of a gray ash-like substance interspersed with metal pieces. Dross often contains heavy metals. The metals detected at this site over regulatory standards for soil are aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and nickel.

Action taken: Research of historical documents indicated that the dross at this site may have originated from facilities in the 1950s – 1970s that legally purchased obsolete aircraft parts from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and melted them down for scrap metals.

Preliminary investigations in late 2015 through early 2016 indicated that the site contained heavy metals, including lead, above residential Soil Remediation Levels (rSRLs). Two main areas contained dross: one large pile and a smaller pile mixed with soils next to the Harrison Hills Wash. Metals exceeding rSRLs were also detected in the Harrison Hills Wash, which discharges into the Pantano Wash less than 0.5 miles downstream. The investigations determined that groundwater in the area has not been contaminated by the site.

In August 2016, an Early Response Action (ERA) was conducted to remove contaminated surface soils located near a residence, remove the contamination from the wash and stabilize the nearby areas, and place a temporary cap over approximately 3/4 of the large pile.

In April 2017, additional actions were taken to decrease the overall area of the large pile and design a permanent soil cover over the whole pile. Cleanup activities were completed within 180 days of the listing date.

Community involvement activities: ADEQ informed any property owners/tenants surrounding the pile area of the remedial actions and a public comment period related to the registry listing was announced. If you would like more information and/or want to be on the mailing list, please contact the community involvement coordinator.