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US Technology Fort Smith

Site Contact:
David Robertson


Site Location:
6500 Grand Avenue
Ft. Smith, AR 72904

This site was referred from the RCRA Enforcement Program.

The US Technology warehouse once contained approximately 5.2 million pounds of spent blast media.  The spent media was tested by EPA RCRA and found to exhibit hazardous waste characteristics for cadmium, chromium, and lead.  Approximately 4.7 million pounds of hazardous waste have been removed and disposed from this facility.

US Technology, located at 6500 Grand Ave Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Sabastian County, is located near the Arkansas River and shares property with Juan’s Tree Service. US Technology opened this location in 2009. The facility is an approximate 30,000 square foot warehouse. The material stored in this warehouse is spent bead blast (SBM) recovered in paint removal or surface preparation operations from various third party facilities.

RCRA enforcement oversaw removal of 5881 drums and 1246 supersacks equaling 4,669,427 lbs (2334.7 tons) of spent blast media was removed by ten responsible generators.  Four thousand drums remain on-site attributed by RCRA to the Department of Defense.

On October 18, 2022, OSC Robertson visited the site and observed 55-gallon steel drums stacked 5 pallets high in the northwest corner of the facility.  The drums appear to completely fill an area estimated to be 80'x80'.  According to RCRA enforcement, there are 4000 drums containing characteristically hazardous spent blast media accumulated in this area.  In addition, approximately 29 drums were stored immediately inside the north door which was open approximately 3.5'.  Thirteen of the twenty nine drums appear to contain 5 gallon pails labelled "flammable liquids".

Potential discharge was noted northwest of the facility where a white solid was observed on the ground.