Environmental Response and Revitalization Site Summary

Buckeye Terminix Co.

Buckeye Terminix Co., Inc. was located at 2121 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County and is no longer in operation. The site contaminated by the former Buckeye Terminix facility is the adjacent property and is located between the facility and the Scioto River. 

Buckeye Terminix was a commercial and residential pest control company and operated for approximately 50 years at the Riverside Drive location. They used a variety of pesticides over the years including aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin and heptacholor.

In 1981, 1982 and 1989, Ohio EPA collected soil samples at the Buckeye Terminix facility and the neighboring property. Chlordane and aldrin concentrations as high as 84,064 parts per million (ppm) and 12,257 ppm, respectively were detected.

Buckeye Terminix entered into an administrative consent order for an interim action with Ohio EPA on June 26, 1992. The order addressed the adjacent property. Under the order, additional environmental assessment work was performed including soil sampling, ground water sampling, risk assessment and evaluation of remedial alternatives.

Concentrations of pesticides exceeding action levels were identified on five lots in close proximity to the Buckeye Terminix property. These concentrations made these lots unsuitable for residential development.

A remedial action that postponed development of impacted lots, allowing time for the detected pesticides to degrade below action levels, was selected. Ohio EPA required maintenance of a vegetative coverage over this period.

Soil samples collected by Ohio EPA in December 2004 indicated that pesticide concentrations still exceeded action levels on the two lots adjacent to the former Buckeye Terminix facility. During this sampling event, a 55-gallon drum was identified at the base of the hill. This drum was overpacked and disposed of.

Summary data: June 2008