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Industrial Lane

Current Site Information

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

Pennsylvania
Northampton County
Williams Township

EPA ID# PAD041421223

15th Congressional District

Last Update: February 2013

Other Names

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Current Site Status

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with the landfill operator to address the groundwater contamination at this site. The selected remedy for cleanup of the groundwater and the source of contamination includes: (1) closure of the unlined municipal landfill in accordance with state regulations, and (2) cleanup of ground water to Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). The closure of the unlined landfill was completed in 1993. The pump and treat remedy for the contaminated groundwater was installed and has been operating since June 1999. The automated water level monitoring system was installed in June 2001. EPA is evaluating all data generated since the startup of the system to determine if it is operating adequately. The landfill owners currently are operating under a state municipal landfill permit, with oversight by the state and EPA.

A Five-Year Review of the implemented Remedy was completed in 2008. That Review indicated that the contamination in the groundwater had not reached the required cleanup levels in the vicinity of the landfill but there is no groundwater use in the contaminated areas. The recent Five-Year Review indicated the size and concentrations of the contaminated groundwater plume have substantially decreased.

Site Description

This site, located in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, began as an unlined landfill in 1961, and accepted miscellaneous wastes. It was later taken over by the Chrin Brothers, and operated as a permitted landfill until 1988. Groundwater contamination has been documented since 1980. Contaminants detected in groundwater at the Industrial Lane site include the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) vinyl chloride, trichloroethene, perchloroethene, and benzene from the former disposal activities. Past industrial uses that may have contributed to site contamination include iron ore extraction and iron works operations. The Industrial Lane site includes a zoned industrial area and a 30-acre sanitary landfill. There is a permitted, lined landfill continuing to operate on top of and adjacent to the site.

Local residences obtain their drinking water supplies formal combination of groundwater and local municipal water authorities. The Easton City Suburban Water Authority obtains its raw water from the Delaware River. There are 1,140 people living within one mile of the site. Lucy's Crossing, Glendon Borough, and the Morgan Hill area contain 152 residences, with more development occurring in the area. All of the residences affected by the contamination have been connected to the public water system.

Site Responsibility

Cleanup of this site is the responsibility of Federal and State government, and parties potentially responsible for site contamination.

NPL Listing History

Our country's most serious, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites can be cleaned using federal money. To be eligible for federal cleanup money, a site must be put on the National Priorities List (NPL). This site was proposed to the NPL on September 8, 1983, and formally added to the list on September 21, 1984.

Threats and Contaminants

The health threat of concern at this site is the risk associated with potential exposure to hazardous substances in the ground water through direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation. There are several residential communities adjacent to the site. Contaminants detected in groundwater include the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) vinyl chloride, trichloroethene, perchloroethene, and benzene from the former disposal activities.

Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.

Cleanup Progress

In 1983 the state and EPA conducted a water sampling program of private wells in the area and investigated the potential sources of groundwater contamination. In 1989, water service lines were installed from the existing street water supply mains to the 24 residences with contaminated or threatened wells.

The selected remedy for cleanup of the groundwater and the source of contamination is closure of the unlined municipal landfill, in accordance with state regulations, and cleanup of groundwater to MCLs. The closure of the unlined landfill was completed in 1993. The pump and treat remedy for the contaminated groundwater was completed in 1996 and has been operating since June 1999. EPA is evaluating all data generated since the startup of the system to determine if it is operating adequately. The landfill owners currently are operating under a state municipal landfill permit, with oversight of the state and EPA.

A Five-Year Review of the implemented Remedy was completed in 2008. That Review indicated that the contamination in the groundwater had not reached the required cleanup levels but that the size and concentrations of the contaminated groundwater plume have substantially decreased in the vicinity of the landfill.

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