BoRit Asbestos Site
EPA ID: PAD981034887
Ambler, PA 19002
Congressional District: 13th
Other Names: Borit Asbestos
Last Updated: February 2014
Remedial Project Manager
Community Involvement Coordinator
- ATSDR Public Health Assessment – Public Comment Version (PDF) (113 pp, 6.25 MB)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Reservoir Hydraulics and Berm Stability Investigation (PDF) (44 pp, 3.38 MB)
Appendix A (PDF) (168 pp, 10.7 MB)
- Community Update - September 2013 (PDF) (2 pp, 433 k)
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- EPA is currently working to remove any potential risk from asbestos contamination at the BoRit Site, by covering all asbestos-containing materials throughout the site. The site consists of a 25-foot asbestos waste Pile, an 11-acre pond (also known as the reservoir), and an 11-acre former Park area. Three water bodies exist, either running through or alongside the park.
- So far, EPA has completed stream bank stabilization on the Wissahickon Creek, which runs along the perimeter of the site, and Tannery Run Creek, which runs alongside the pile. The stream bank stabilization of Rose Valley Creek, which runs between the Reservoir and Park, has been repaired due to the flood damage from recent hurricanes and storms.
- EPA has completed the cover on the Pile which included a liner, clean fill, and grass. EPA is implementing the design for the Park, which is the same as the Pile. Completion of the Park cover will be delayed because EPA is in the process of covering the asbestos-containing materials along the inside banks and bottom of the Reservoir.
- The Reservoir work began in January 2014. EPA is now pumping out the Reservoir, treating the water to meet state regulations for effluent (discharge water), and piping the water into the Wissahickon Creek.
- Once the Reservoir is drained, within the next two months, EPA will cover the berms of the Reservoir with clean fill, and pump clean water back into the Reservoir– restoring and improving it.
- All removal work on the site is anticipated to be completed during 2015.
- EPA is studying the site to determine the nature and extent of contamination, health risks, and eventually the potential cleanup options. The work EPA performs during this phase is referred to as the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS). The RI Report has been finalized. The FS process, which identifies feasible cleanup alternatives, is underway.
- During the Remedial Investigation EPA sampled the pile, the reservoir, the park and the three creeks (Rose Valley, Tannery Run, and Wissahickon Creek). EPA collected surface water, sediment, soil, and waste samples from the fall of 2009 to the winter of 2010. A summary of the sampling results are in the Phase I Report.
- A second sampling program began in the fall of 2010 and concluded in the summer 2011. This work included evaluating groundwater at the site and collecting data on air quality. EPA installed and sampled six groundwater monitoring wells. The groundwater results are in the Preliminary Phase 2 Groundwater Report.
- A third sampling program began in February 2013. This phase will include three rounds of groundwater sampling from the groundwater monitoring wells, installation and sampling of a background groundwater monitoring well and background soil samples. This investigation should be completed in July 2013.
- EPA collected air quality data around the community for a year from November 2010 to October 2011. Also, EPA performed activity-based sampling (ABS) in the summer of 2011. Activity-based sampling involves collecting air samples from the breathing zones of samplers engaged in realistic activities like raking or mowing that may disturb asbestos-contaminated sources.
- The BoRit Asbestos Site was used to dispose of asbestos-containing material (ACM) from the early 1900s to the late 1960s that came from a nearby manufacturing plant.
- The site is divided into three parcels: an asbestos waste pile, a reservoir, and a closed park.
- The asbestos waste pile, approximately 25-feet high, is on a six-acre piece of land owned by Kane-Core, Inc. The waste pile covers approximately two acres.
- The Reservoir is owned by the Wissahickon Waterfowl Preserve. The berm (walls) of the Reservoir is believed to be constructed of asbestos shingles, millboard and soil. Asbestos product waste, such as piping and tiles, was visible surrounding the Reservoir and the stream banks.
- A closed park, 11 acres, is owned by Whitpain Township. This disposal area was filled and eventually used as a park and playground. In the mid-1980s, the park was closed and fenced due to asbestos contamination.
- The BoRit site was added to the EPA's National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites on April 9, 2009, making it eligible for cleanup, using federal Superfund program funding.
- The site is on the National Priorities List for cleanup because the nearby residential population could potentially be exposed to airborne asbestos and to asbestos contamination along Tannery Run, Rose Valley Creek and the Wissahickon Creek.
- Asbestos is the contaminant of concern. Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- Asbests Health Effects Information
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the BoRit site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
BoRit Command Post
49 Oak Street
Whitpain Township, PA 19002
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below
Final Remedial Investigation Report (PDF) (1677 pp, 85.1 MB)
Final Phase 2 Data Evaluation Report (290 pp, 25.7 MB)
ATSDR Public Health Assessment – Public Comment Version (PDF) (113 pp, 6.25 MB)
Phase I Data Evaluation Report (PDF) (627 pp, 60.6 MB)
Preliminary Phase 2 Groundwater Report 2011 (PDF) (63 pp, 9.11 MB)
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record (PDF) (43 pp, 707 K)
July 2012 Health Consultation (PDF) (49 pp, 623 K)
TASC Review of Phase II Groundwater Report (PDF) (25 pp, 861 k)
2011 PA Department of Health Cancer Evaluation for Ambler Area (PDF) (4 pp, 258 k)
Activity-Based Air Sampling Presentation (PDF) (43 pp, 823 k)
Community-Wide Air Sampling Presentation (PDF) (11 pp, 1.10 MB)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Reservoir Hydraulics and Berm Stability Investigation (PDF) (44 pp, 3.38 MB)
Appendix A (PDF) (168 pp, 10.7 MB)
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Aerial view of BoRit site, including park, reservoir and pile.
Winter 2012-2013 aerial view of entire BoRit site.
- This is Superfund: A Community Guide to EPA's Superfund Program (PDF) (12 pp, 1.1 MB)
- Site Progress Profile — a quick reference sheet, linking to EPA's Headquarters.
- Federal Register
04/09/2009: National Priorities List, Final Rule No. 46
09/03/2008: National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 49 (73 FR 51393)
- Fact Sheets
September 2013 (PDF) (2 pp, 433 k)
May 2013 (PDF) (4 pp, 454 k)
July 2012 (PDF) (4 pp, 761 k)
July 2011 Community Update (PDF) (6 pp, 611 K)
July 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 273 K)
May 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 268 K)
March 2011 (PDF) ( 8 pp, 1.24 MB)
November 2010 (PDF) ( 8 pp, 1.16 MB)
September 2010 (PDF) (8 pp, 332 k)
Summer 2010 BoRit Activities - Community Update (PDF) (5 pp, 36.8 k)
December 2009 (PDF) (4 pp, 748 k)
March 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 141 k)
January 2009 (PDF) (4 pp, 384 K)
November 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 281 K)
August 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 570 k)
July 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 308 K)
November 2007 (PDF) (3 pp, 457 k)
January 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 1.53 MB)
Novemebr 2006 (PDF) (2 pp, 404 k)
- Press Releases
09/03/2008: EPA Adds Six and Proposes 11 Sites to Superfund's National Priorities List
09/03/2008: Borit Asbestos Site Proposed for Superfund List
- Community Action Group -- At some of EPA's Superfund sites, a community action group (CAG) exists to serve as an ongoing vehicle for information sharing, discussion, and where possible, consensus building regarding decision making. If interested in learning more about the BoRit CAG, contact Vance Evans at 215-814-5526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Frequently Asked Question – containing responses to questions asked by the public covering topics such as asbestos, health, and sampling.
- Whitpain Township, which owns the Park portion of the property is in the long-term planning process of revitalizing the entire West Ambler community which surrounds the BoRit Site. As part of the neighborhood's overall revitalization, the township has proposed reusing the BoRit Site as a public space, that could include, an open lawn, basketball courts, a playground, a jogging trail, an amphitheatre, and a boys and girls club, among other possibilities. These proposed revitalization plans have been presented to the community at a series of public meetings that took place from May 2012 through February 2013. If the final cleanup remedy lends itself to reuse of the property, institutional controls will be put in place to ensure that EPA's cleanup remedy is not compromised in any way, for any planned reuse. To learn more about the West Ambler revitalization, go to Whitpain Township's Revitalization & Action Plan (PDF) (175 pp, 17.5 MB).
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