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Old City of York Landfill

United States Environmental Protection Agency Proposes a Change in the Cleanup Plans for the Old City of York Superfund Site

PUBLIC MEETING:
September 21, 1999
7:00 P.M.
Borough of Seven Valleys Fire Hall
35 Main Street Seven
Valleys, Pennsylvania

30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD

September 10, 1999 to October 10, 1999

The New Proposed Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new plan for the cleanup of the Old City of York Superfund Site. The new proposed plan is based on ground water sampling data showing that naturally occurring conditions are decontaminating the ground water a rate ten times the volume of the pump and treat system activated on June 17, 1996. EPA believes that this is the result of a phenomenon known as natural attenuation, and in this instance it far surpasses the manmade remedy. EPA is therefore proposing to discontinue the pump and treat system, and rely on closely monitored natural attenuation of contaminants. The close monitoring will maintain protection of public health.

How EPA Arrived at the New Proposed Plan

Based upon the review of current and historical ground water data for the Old City of York Landfill Site, EPA has found that concentrations of contaminants have decreased significantly during the monitored period. The total mass of contaminants calculated at 85 pounds in May 1996 was reduced to 61 pounds in August 1998. This 24-pound decrease equates to a removal rate of approximately 11 pounds per year. In contrast, the estimated recovery rate of the pump and treatment system was less than one pound per year. EPA attributes the difference between the mass of reduction and the mass recovered by the pump and treatment system to the processes of natural attenuation.

Details on the New Proposed Plan

The Proposed Remedial Action Plan, Old City of York Landfill, July __, 1999 is available for review at:

Village Library
35 C North Main Street
Jacobus, Pennsylvania 17407
717-428-1034

U.S.E.P.A. Region 3
6th Floor Reading Room
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-1019
215-814-3157

Your Comments are Invited from September 10, 1999 to October 10, 1999

Comments provided by residents and others are valuable in helping EPA select a final cleanup plan for this site. EPA encourages you to share your views about the recommended cleanup remedy and other alternatives presented in the Proposed Plan. During the 30-day public comment period, from September 10, 1999 to October 10, 1999, you are encouraged to respond to the proposed plan by writing to:

John Banks (3HS22)
Remedial Project Manager
U.S.E.P.A.
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Harold Yates (3HS43)
Senior Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S.E.P.A.
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Public Meeting

EPA is sponsoring a meeting for the community surrounding the Old City of York Site. At the meeting, John Banks, Remedial Project manager, along with other EPA scientists and engineers, will present information concerning the cleanup of this site. They will also explain the alternatives for cleanup of the site and answer questions.

Your written and oral comments on the new plan will be accepted at the meeting.

For More Information

John Banks (3HS22)
Remedial Project Manager
215-814-3214
banks.john-d@epa.gov

Harold Yates (3HS43)
Senior Community Involvement Coordinator
800-553-2509
215-814-5530
yates.hal@epa.gov

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