Metro Container Corporation
EPA ID: PAD044545895
Trainer, PA 19013
Congressional District: 7th
Other Names: None
Last Updated: January 2013
Site Assessment Manager
Remedial Project Manager
Community Involvement Coordinator
Region 3 NPL Coordinator
Region 3 NPL Public Docket Coordinator
The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Alexander Mandell
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- The Metro Container site was added to the National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in the country in March 2012. It is now eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup.
- The Metro Container Corporation site is located about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia near the Delaware River.
- The site is comprised of a 10.4-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of 2nd and Price Streets.
- Surrounding the site are an oil refinery, auto salvage operation, metal scrap operation, and railroad tracks.
- Residential properties are located north of the site.
- Various companies have occupied the site since the late 19th century, including the Delaware Oil Works, Manufacturers Paraffin Company, Stauffer Chemical Company, Joseph A. Reis Company, Universal Container Corporation, Metro Container Corporation, and Trainer Industries, LLC.
- Industrial activities such as oil refining and storage, wax manufacturing, carbon disulfide production, and steel drum reconditioning occurred on site.
- No industrial activities are currently conducted at the site.
- Trainer Industries, LLC, which is a party indemnified for past contamination under an agreement with EPA, uses the property for storage of painting supplies and equipment.
- The main source of contamination on the property is a lagoon that was used for disposal of drum contents and waste water.
- The unlined lagoon was eventually filled in with soil and artificial fill materials.
- Surface and subsurface soils near the lagoon are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), inorganic elements, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
NPL Listing History
|Status: Listed||Proposed: 9/16/2011|
- In the late 1980s, EPA conducted a removal action at the site due to the lack of responsiveness from responsible parties (RPs).
- In addition to establishing a presence to control waste handling activities by the RPs, EPA installed a fence to restrict site access, constructed a temporary retaining wall to limit off-site migration, conducted sampling and analysis of waste materials, and removed over 130,000 gallons of oil-contaminated rain water from the lagoon and secondary containment structures.
- The RPs assumed control of the removal action on June 2, 1989 through the issuance of an Administrative Order on Consent (Consent Order).
- Over 6,000 tons of sludge, drums, and contaminated soils were removed by the RPs under the Consent Order.
- Assessments and removal actions conducted at the site indicate that concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), inorganic elements, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in soil and ground water above various risk-based screening levels.
- Sediments in Stoney Creek and in the Delaware River near the mouth of Stoney Creek appear to have been contaminated with PCBs, and may contain other contaminants associated with the site.
- A fish consumption advisory due to the presence of PCBs is in place along the Delaware River from Trenton south to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal that is due in part to releases from the site.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at: (ATSDR web site).
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Metro Container Corporation 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 3 NPL Public Docket
c/o U.S. EPA Region 3 Library
1650 Arch Street, 2nd floor (3PM52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-5364 or 215-814-5254
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record (PDF) (66 pp, 5.19MB)*
* The documentation record provided is available at the time of proposal for informational purposes. An official copy of the documentation record and the documents referenced in it are available in the EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket at the EPA Region 3 Library. Copies of materials in EPA's electronic docket for the site's proposal to the NPL are also accessible online through Regulations. gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-SFUND-2011-0651.
Metro Container Corporation NPL Public Docket (EPA-HQ-SFUND-2011-0651)
NPL Site Listing Narrative
Proposed Purchaser Agreement - February, 2000 (PDF) (18 pp, 45.9K)
Site Progress Profile
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- Fact Sheet
September 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 816k)
March 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 191k)
- Federal Registers
3/15/2012: National Priorities List, Final Rule No. 53
3/15/2012: Nine Other Sites Added Nationally
9/16/2011: National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 55 (76 FR 57702-57709
04/25/2002: Metro Container Corporation Site; CERCLA 122(h) Administrative Settlement; Notice of Proposed Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement Pursuant to Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended.
02/15/2000: Notice of Proposed Purchaser Agreement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Press Releases
03/13/2012 - Metro Container Corp. added to National Priorites List
9/15/2011 - EPA Advancing Clean Up at 15 Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposing Another 11 Sites for Action
9/15/2011 - Metro Container Corp. Site Proposed for Superfund List