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Pathan Chemical

Current Site Information

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

EPA ID# PAD067399378

1st Congressional District

Last Update: November 2004
Final Update

Other Names

None

Current Site Status

All removal activities on site are complete and no further EPA involvement is planned. The EPA Regional Response Center received information in July 1998 indicating that people were breaking into the building and spilling chemicals on the floor. This initiated a removal assessment being performed by EPA in August 1998 in accordance with the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, 40 CFR Part 300. EPA inspected the Site and found drums and paper sacks containing various chemicals on the third floor of the building. These are the same containers left by EPA after the initial removal action in 1996 when the owner declared these drums and paper sacks as assets. EPA before leaving the Site in 1996 placed these drums and paper sacks on the third floor of the building. Some of these drums and paper sacks have had their contents spilled on the floor and down the stairwells, constituting a release or threat of release into the environment. Evidence existed of trespassing and vandalism which created an imminent and substantial endangerment to public health and the environment. Since the building was abandoned the integrity of the earlier removal efforts conducted in 1996 was threatened, further action was required to eliminate the threat posed by the remaining drums and paper sacks at the Site. EPA removed these drums and paper sacks and cleaned up the spilled materials throughout the building November 3, 1998 through December 14, 1998. The building caught fire in March 1999 and the city tore down what was left of the building.

Site Description

The Site is located in a residential area at 427 Moyer Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Site was an abandoned, unsecured building with most of the windows and some of the doors broken out, and showed evidence of trespassing and fires. The Site in the past has operated as a textile facility and a manufacturing facility for detergents and fabric softeners.

Site Responsibility

This Site was addressed by an EPA Superfund Removal Action.

NPL Listing History

The Site is not on the National Priorities List nor is it proposed for the NPL.

Threats and Contaminants

The chemicals present in the drums and paper sacks on the third floor of the building contained potassium carbonate, barium carbonate, potassium sulfate, ammonium sulfate, tinopal rbs 200, kerawet doss, borax (decahydrate), autofoam 1410, instant penetrator, acetone, isopropyl alcohol, morpholine, amyl acetate, white paint, caustic soda, sodium nitrite, limestone, sodium bicarbonate, sodium sulfate, soda ash, caustic soda beads and barium nitrate. Most of these materials are hazardous substances as defined in Section 101(14) of CERCLA as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 9601(14), and are listed as hazardous substances at 40 C.F.R § 302.4.

Cleanup Progress

EPA initially conducted a removal assessment in 1995. The removal assessment identified approximately 10 vats, several hundred drums and approximately 1000 small containers which contained hazardous substances within the building. Many of the drums and small containers were unlabeled, in deteriorating condition and leaking there contents. Materials were incompatibly stored and sections of the floors where materials were stored were in deteriorating condition. The owner of the Site attempted to conduct the removal effort but was unable to do so for financial reasons. EPA then conducted a removal action in 1996 and removed 429 drums in which each drum was required to be placed in an overpack drum because of the original drums poor condition. Also 3 roll-off dumpsters that EPA filled with crushed drums and small containers where removed from the Site. The owner in 1996 declared some of the drums and paper sacks, that were in good condition, as assets. EPA before leaving the Site in 1996 placed these drums and paper sacks on the third floor of the building. The removal action in 1998 was conducted to remove these drums and papers sacks and the chemicals from these containers spilled throughout the building.

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