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North Penn Area 12

Fact Sheet: August 22, 1995

EPA ISSUES UNILATERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

On August 22, 1995, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, (EPA) issued a unilateral administrative order (UAO). A UAO is an EPA legal document that directs parties responsible for a site's environmental problems to conduct specific activities to correct or resolve those problems. The UAO formalizes a verbal commitment made by the responsible parties.

The North Penn Area 12 UAO specifically addresses off-site residential well contamination. The responsible parties must fulfill the following two requirements of the UAO:

EPA detected levels of TCE above the maximum contaminant level during the sampling of about 70 home wells in January 1995. The maximum contaminant level is the highest amount of a contaminant allowed to be present in water used by the public. At that time, EPA suggested that residents use bottled water until the contamination problem could be solved.

The PRPs named in the UAO include three current owners, Fitz Waterwheel Company, Inc., Mr. Edward Rothschild, and Schlumberger Technology Corp., and one previous owner, Morfontaine Inc.

EPA CONTACTS

If you have questions about the North Penn Area 12 UAO or other site-related issues, please contact:

Community Involvement Coordinator
Richard Kuhn
(215) 814-3063
kuhn.richard@epa.gov

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