BoRit Asbestos Site
EPA ID: PAD981034887
Ambler, PA 19002
Congressional District: 13th
Other Names: Borit Asbestos
Last Updated: August 2012
Remedial Project Manager
Community Involvement Coordinator
- Community Update - May 2013 (PDF) (4 pp, 454k)
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- On October 5, 2011 EPA presented to the Community Advisory Group an overview of the recent damage to work areas caused by Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee flooding. EPA is currently working with Whitpain Township and Borough of Ambler officials, as well as U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, to repair the damaged areas. EPA has also installed a guardrail and floodgate to prevent any future flood damage.
- EPA completed stream bank stabilization on the Wissahickon Creek, which runs along the perimeter of the park and pile, and Tannery Run Creek, which runs alongside the pile. The stream bank stabilization materials on Rose Valley Creek, which runs between the reservoir and pile, will have to be repaired, due to the flood damage from the hurricane and storm.
- The Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) that started in November 2009 is studying the nature and extent of contamination, health risks, and potential cleanup options.
- The first phase of Remedial Investigation started with field work, which included collecting surface water, sediment, soil, and waste samples. This field work started in the fall of 2009 and was completed in the winter of 2010. EPA sampled the pile, the reservoir, the park and the three creeks (Rose Valley, Tannery Run, and Wissahickon Creek) that flow through the Site. Various contaminants, including asbestos, were detected at the Site.
- A second sampling program (Phase II) began in October, 2010 and concluded in the summer 2011. EPA collected ambient air data throughout the community over a one year period. EPA installed and sampled six groundwater monitoring wells. Additional soil samples were collected from both on-site and off-site locations.
- Activity-based sampling (ABS), the process of collecting air samples from the breathing zone of samplers engaged in realistic activities (e.g., raking, mowing,) that may disturb asbestos-contaminated sources, was conducted in the summer of 2011.
- The BoRit asbestos site was used to dispose of asbestos-containing material from the early 1900s to the late 1960s that came from a nearby asbestos-manufacturing plant. The site is divided into three parcels: an asbestos waste pile, a reservoir owned by Wissahickon Waterfowl Preserve and a former park and playground owned by Whitpain Township.
- The site is divided into three parcels: 1) an asbestos waste pile, approximately 25-feet high at some points, on a six-acre piece of land owned by Kane-Core, Inc.; 2) a 15-acre reservoir, owned by Wissahickon Waterfowl Preserve, whose berm is believed to be constructed of asbestos-containing material (ACM); and 3) an 11-acre closed park owned by Whitpain Township.
- The waste pile covers approximately two acres of the six-acre parcel, and is about 25 feet above the ground surface. The berm of the 15-acre reservoir was constructed of asbestos shingles, millboard and soil. Asbestos product waste, such as piping and tiles, is visible surrounding the reservoir and stream banks. The third disposal area, which covers about 11 acres, 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
324 W. Maple Street
Ambler, PA 19002
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Phase I Data Evaluation Report (PDF) (627 pp, 60.6MB)
Preliminary Phase 2 Groundwater Report 2011 (PDF) (63 pp, 9.11MB)
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record (PDF) (43 pp, 707K)
July 2012 Health Consultation (PDF) (49 pp, 623K)
TASC Review of Phase II Groundwater Report (PDF) (25 pp, 861k)
2011 PA Department of Health Cancer Evaluation for Ambler Area (PDF) (4 pp, 258k)
Activity-Based Air Sampling Presentation (PDF) (43 pp, 823k)
Community-Wide Air Sampling Presentation (PDF) (11 pp, 1.10MB)
- Submit a FOIA Request
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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, 1.1MB)
- 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
May 2013 (PDF) (4 pp, 454k)
July 2012 (PDF) (4 pp, 761k)
July 2011 Community Update (PDF) (6 pp, 611K)
July 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 273K)
May 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 268K)
March 2011 (PDF) ( 8 pp, 1.24MB)
November 2010 (PDF) ( 8 pp, 1.16MB)
September 2010 (PDF) (8 pp, 332k)
Summer 2010 BoRit Activities - Community Update (PDF) (5 pp, 36.8k)
December 2009 (PDF) (4 pp, 748k)
March 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 141k)
January 2009 (PDF) (4 pp, 384K)
November 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 281K)
August 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 570k)
July 2008 (PDF) (2 pp, 308K)
November 2007 (PDF) (3 pp, 457k)
January 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 1.53MB)
Novemebr 2006 (PDF) (2 pp, 404k)
- 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 email@example.com.
- Frequently Asked Question – containing responses to questions asked by the public covering topics such as asbestos, health, and sampling.
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