Defense Supply Center Philadelphia
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Pennsylvania
EPA ID# PA09715900005
1st Congressional District
Last Update: January 2013
Current Site StatusFifty two individual areas of interest have been identified and listed in the BRAC Clean-up Plan (BCP). Each of these are individual sites where hazardous materials may have been generated, stored, handled, or released. Each has been investigated by the BRAC Clean-up Team, and appropriate actions have been taken where necessary to ensure the area does not constitute a threat to human health or the environment. Upon completion of the investigation, and remediation where necessary, a "No Further Action" decision document was drafted, made available to the public for comment, and then finalized. To date, 51 such documents have been completed. The remaining area of interest is a sub-surface petroleum product plume, and any decision regarding the plume is dependent upon the outcome of an ongoing risk assessment. A fate and transport study is currently being conducted as part of that risk assessment and it includes sampling of the deep aquifer underlying the site.
Site DescriptionThe Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (formally the Defense Personnel Support Center) is undergoing base closure in accordance with the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). DSPC is located South Philadelphia; it consists of approximately 86 acres of which 95% is paved or developed with buildings. It is owned by the U.S. Army, and operated by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). DSCP lies in the vicinity of several bulk petroleum refining and storage facilities. Other adjacent properties are commercial establishments and residential areas. Former operations involving hazardous materials included sponging cloth with pesticide at the clothing factory, testing bulk chemicals at the laboratory, and repairing and painting military vehicles.
Site ResponsibilityThis site is being addressed though the Department of Defense's Installation Restoration Program. A BRAC Clean-up Team with representatives from the PADEP, U.S. EPA, and the DLA has been formed to direct the investigation and clean-up activities.
NPL Listing HistoryThe facility is not listed on the NPL, but is being addressed as a BRAC site.