Joyce National Powder
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Pennsylvania
EPA ID# PAD101274686
5th Congressional District
Last Update: December 2004
No future updates
Current Site Status
Site activites were completed in September 1998. No further cleanup activities are needed.
The Joyce National Powder Site was formerly used as an explosives manufacturer. The original owner, National Powder Corporation, manufactured nitroglycerin at the Site from approximately 1940 until the early 1970s. In 1977, Joyce Powder purchased the property to produce Judymite. Manufacturing operations continued until the mid 1980s. In 1997, buildings on the property were sold in parcels. During demolition of the buildings, the new owners came upon containers of hazardous substances in deteriorating condition.
Site ResponsibilityThis site is being addressed by an EPA Superfund Removal Action.
NPL Listing HistoryThis Site is not on the National Priorities List.
Threats and Contaminants
The primary contaminants at the site were nitroglycerin and dinitrotoluene. however, many other hazardous substances were discovered including picric acid, ethyl ether, nitric acid, and sodium hydroxide.
A Superfund Removal cleanup action took place at the Site from September 1997 until September 1998. Approximately 100 drums and several rolloffs of waste materials were disposed.