Havertown Superfund Site

Since I moved to Havertown in 1988, I have been concerned about the Superfund site that is centered on Eagle Road, but extends into various areas of the Township, including Paddock Park and other neighborhoods. As Commissioner, I can assure you that I intend to ask probing questions, when possible, and to do whatever is necessary to assure that the site does not present health risks to our residents and is safely and appropriately remediated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Developments & Updates

2013 – Pa. Assumes Primary Responsibility of the Site

On June 24, 2013, the EPA transferred control of the Superfund site to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Click here to view the presentation about the transfer of control.

2011- TCE Discovered

The EPA will conduct a vapor intrusion in the vicinity of the ongoing Havertown Superfund Site cleanup because it found a chemical called trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater. TCE is a volatile organic compound commonly used to degrease metal parts.

When TCE is present in the groundwater its vapors have the potential to “volatilize” or “off-gas” through the soil and into indoor air. As a result, EPA wants to take extra precautions to ensure that vapor intrusion is not a risk to the neighborhood.
As part of the vapor intrusion study, EPA plans to test a small number of homes, and install more monitoring wells in the neighborhood to find out what levels of TCE may exist in the groundwater. Pollution Report (POLREP)

Read the November 10, 2011 Pollution Report

Read the October 27, 2011 Abbreviated Sampling Plan

Read the September 29, 2011 Organic Data Validation Report

Read the August 31, 2011 Organic Data Validation Report

Read the August 10, 2011 Pollution Report

Read the August 2, 2011 Trip Report for the TCE Havertown Site Vapor Intrusion Assessment

Read the July 16, 2011 Trip Report for the TCE Havertown Site Vapor Intrusion Assessment

Read the June 17, 2011 ATSDR Review

Read the April 15, 2011 Final Analytical Report of Testing on March 18 & 19, 2011

Read the April 15, 2011 Final Analytical Report of Testing on March 1 & 2, 2011

Read the Announcement

Read the April 1, 2011 Removal Report

View the Power Point from the February 2011 meeting.

Read the September 2010 Preliminary Closeout Report

Ongoing Cleanup

The EPA held a public meeting on April 20, 2009, and I was present and requested answers to questions and concerns residents have expressed to me. The EPA claims that it has reduced the amount of toxins at the site, and will be performing more intensive remediation because it received $5 million in funding for the site under the Stimulus Bill. Click here to read about the work performed by the EPA in 2009.

The EPA also claimed that the site does not present health hazards, including to persons living in the area and those who use or play in Naylors Run.

EPA Reviews Cleanup at PCP Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a Five-Year Review of the Havertown PCP Superfund Site located in Haverford Township, PA. The previous Five-Year  Review, looking at Phases I and II of the cleanup, was completed in August 2005. This next review will assess if all three phases of the cleanup are protective of human health and the environment. The first two phases included a geosynthetic cap and a groundwater treatment system. The third phase, which is scheduled to be completed during the spring of 2010, consists of additional groundwater cleanup, soil excavation/ backfilling and additional monitoring. This fourth Five-Year Review document will be available in August 2010

To Review Site Files:

The results of the Five-Year Review are expected to be available in August 2010. There are two ways to review the site files for the Havertown PCP Superfund Site.

~ Visit the site’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/npl/PAD002338010.htm

~ Visit EPA’s Public Reading Room at 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia; Call 215-814-3157 for an appointment.

To Comment on the Cleanup:

You may e-mail or mail your comments or questions regarding the Havertown PCP Superfund site to:
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street (3HS52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ruth Wuenschel
Community Involvement Coordinator

Jill Lowe
Remedial Project Manager


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