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Closed Loop Refining & Recovery | Hazardous Waste Site

Location: 

Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, LLC
Multipe Facilities (two at 59th, one at 27th, one at 41st Avenues, plus one at Polk Street)

Discovery Date:

August 2014 

Contaminants of Concern (COCs):

Lead in cathode ray tube (CRT) glass (found in older televisions among other items) 

Affected Media:

Soil and potentially groundwater

Off-site Concerns:  

Unkown at this time 

What are My Health Risks:

For Soil | There is little to no health risk unless there is contact with skin or ingestion of contaminated soil.

For Groundwater | If you are connected to a Public Water System (PWS) there is little to no risk of impact from exceedances because the water is filtered through the PWS for residential and business use. | View Drinking Water Notices > 

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Site Summary: 

Closed Loop received and processed in excess of 50,000 Tons of CRT glass from California for recycling, then abandoned the glass at five facilities in Phoenix (two at 59th, one at 27th, one at 41st Avenues, plus one at Polk Street)

Corrective Action 

  • Each site has seperate owners, but one operator - Closed Loop Refining and Recovery, LLC - leasing the facility is responsible for the contamination.
  • The operator entered a May 2015 consent order to recycle the CRT glass.
  • Currently, there are negotiations to remove/dispose of the CRT glass with the facility owners.
  • At the Polk Street facility, all material was removed by the owner; according to documents from Closed Loop, 966,000 pounds of leaded CRT glass was stored at the site; no further action at this location 
  • At the 27th Avenue facility, according to documents from Closed Loop, there are 9,534,000 pounds of processed leaded CRT glass at this facility.
  • At the 41st Avenue facility, according to documents from Closed Loop, there was 25,000,000 pounds of processed leaded CRT glass stored at this facility; the facility owner is currently removing this material for disposal at a hazardous waste landfill and final shipping records will verify the actual amount of glass that was stored at this site.
  • At one of the 59th Avenue facilities, according to documents from Closed Loop there are 78,686,000 pounds of processed CRT glass and 1,716,000 pounds of unprocessed CRT glass at this facility.
  • At the other 59th Avenue facility, which is owned by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), according to documents from Closed Loop there are 42,396,000 pounds of non-leaded CRT glass as this facility; ADOT is arranging for internal funding to remove and dispose of glass, with an anticipated project start date before June 1, 2018.
  • All CRT glass was removed from the 41st Avenue facility and taken to US Ecology in Nevada for disposal; the facility owner will begin decontamination of the facility, for closure, by the third week of August 2018.
  • At the 59th Avenue Phoenix site, ADOT began removing the CRT glass, seperating hazardous from non-hazardous CRT glass based on results of Toxicity Charactheristic Leaching Procedure lead testing; hazardous CRT glass is being sent to US Ecology, while the non-hazardous CRT glass is being sent to a local non-hazardous landfill for disposal.
  • By the end of October 2018, the 41st Avenue facility owner shipped all of the processed CRT glass to US Ecology in Nevada for disposal. The owner also decontaminated the facility and will submit a closure report to ADEQ by the end of November 2018.
  • By the end of October 2018, ADOT shipped about 90 percent of the CRT glass from its 59th Avenue site for disposal; 20 percent was shipped as hazardous waste to US Ecology for disposal and the remaining 20 percent was shipped to a local non-hazardous waste landfill.