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EPA ID: PAD981034705
Jackson Township, Pa.
Congressional District: 11th
Other Names: North Road Site
Last Updated: August 2014
- EPA Conducting third 5-Year Review (PDF) (1 p, 101K)
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- EPA is in the process of cleaning up the groundwater, contaminated with the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and other organic compounds emanating from the Butz Landfill.
- EPA hydrogeologists are reviewing a groundwater treatability Study Report on the Site.
- In 1992, the agency installed a public water supply line to serve about 50 private residences that had been using the contaminated groundwater.
- In 2001 and 2002, the agency designed and built a groundwater treatment system which consists of pumping the groundwater from underground and treating it to remove the contaminants. The system has been operating properly, as confirmed by Five-Year Review inspections. Those reports are available on-line in the Administrative Records file.
- In 2007 and 2008, EPA performed two rounds of vapor intrusion sampling to see if contaminated vapors were entering nearby residences from the soil beneath and around their homes. EPA will conduct another round of vapor intrusion sampling on selected homes to confirm results, and then will share the results with those residents. The need for any additional work will be decided once the sampling has been completed and data analyzed.
- In 2009, the agency started a pilot study to enhance the effectiveness of the groundwater treatment system. Emulsified vegetable oil was injected into the extraction wells to enhance the formation of bacteria. The bacteria, in turn, degrades the TCE.
- In spring 2011, EPA continued investigation of this in-situ injection study which has shown potential to lower concentrations of TCE at the hot spots of contamination.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has taken the lead in operation and maintenance (O&M) on the Butz Landfill Superfund Site. EPA operated the pump-and-treat system until August 2011, then the state took over the responsibility for O&M of the Site.
- The Butz Landfill is located on 13 acres in rural Monroe County, Pa.
- It is a former municipal dump, where the groundwater is contaminated with the solvent trichloroethylene and other organic compounds. The contamination has remained stationary and stable.
- In 1986, the state requested EPA’s assistance in defining and resolving the site’s contamination problem.
NPL Listing History
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- In 1986, about 50 residences were supplied with bottled water or carbon filtration systems to remove contaminants from their water supply. Two additional homes were supplied with air-stripping units, a more aggressive treatment for drinking water.
- In 1986, EPA performed geological studies and installed 17 groundwater monitoring wells to determine the location and flow of the contaminated groundwater.
- In 1990, the EPA issued the Record of Decision (ROD) a formal document outlining how to address the site’s contamination long-term
- In 1992, a public water supply line was completed to supply free municipal water connections to all the affected residences.
- In 1992, EPA issued another ROD to contain and reduce the size of the contaminant plume in the groundwater. The groundwater pump and treat method was selected to achieve this goal.
- Since 2010 EPA has been investigating a in-situ injection of chemicals to the ground water to enchance the remedy.
- The EPA is currently reviewing results from the Treatability Report which was completed in 2012. The site operation and maintenance was transferred to PADEP in 2012. EPA completed a vapor intrusion sampling of residents near the site January 2013. Results will be shared with residents in March 2013.
- Groundwater in the area contains volatile organic compounds, mainly the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).
- No residents are currently threatened by the groundwater contamination.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the environmental arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Dover Gas Light site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Pocono Township Library
Township Municipal Building
Tannersville, PA 18372
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Second Explanation of Significant Differences (PDF) (5 pp, 2.63MB)
Figure 1 (PDF) (1 p, 405K)
Figure 2 (PDF) (1 pp, 382K)
Five-year Review Report - 2006 (PDF) (3 pp, 194k)
Groundwater Monitoring Report - July 2009 (PDF) (101 pp, 9.41MB)
Groundwater Monitoring Report - July 2010 (PDF) (89 pp, 5.82MB)
Residential Vapor Intrusion Study Follow Up Report - September 2008 (PDF) (16 pp, 2.2MB)
Residential Vapor Intrusion Study Report - January 2008 (PDF) (46 pp, 6.68MB)
Treatability Pilot Study Report - 01-11-10 (PDF) (55pp, 797k)
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- Fact Sheets
March 1992 (PDF) (3 pp, 1.12MB)
- Public Notice
June 2011 (PDF) (1 p, 101K)
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