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BoRit Questions & Answers - Costs and Funding

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  1. How much money has been spent to date (May 2010) by the EPA for the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site? (7-3-2010)

  2. How do the cleanup costs for the Ambler Asbestos Piles Superfund Site and for the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site compare to the cleanup costs of other asbestos contaminated Superfund sites in the United States? (7-3-2010)

  3. Has a budget been established for cleanup of the BoRit Site? (8-13-2009)

  4. Will lobbying our elected officials result in additional money to conduct a more extensive cleanup (e.g. Congressional appropriations)? (4-20-2009)

  5. Is Whitpain Township paying for or contributing to any part of this project and are there other sources of money other than Superfund? (9-5-2008)

  6. What precautionary measures did the fence company contractors take regarding health and safety? (9-5-2008)

  7. Are the bids given to the EPA contractors available to the public? (9-5-2008)

  8. How are bids put together? (9-5-2008)

  9. Do EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) have enough money to remediate the site if they decide to do so? (1-2008)

  10. Why isn’t the company responsible for the Ambler Asbestos cleanup paying for the BoRit cleanup? (8-8-2007)

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  1. 1. How much money has been spent to date (May 2010) by the EPA for the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site? (7-3-2010)

    Combined EPA Costs Incurred for the BoRit Asbestos Site, Pennsylvania
    Total Site Costs through May 2010: $12,862,255.70.

    FY 2006 Total Costs: $ 170,546.05
    FY 2007 Total Costs: $ 509,607.59
    FY 2008 Total Costs: $ 775,412.49
    FY 2009 Total Costs: $6,576,199.09
    FY 2010 Total Costs through May, 2010: $4,835,086.93

    EPA has not selected a long-term remedy for any portion of the Site. As a result, EPA cannot estimate the future projected costs.

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  2. How do the cleanup costs for the Ambler Asbestos Piles Superfund Site and for the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Site compare to the cleanup costs of other asbestos contaminated Superfund sites in the United States? (7-3-2010)

    We do not have enough information to comment on how sites in other regions have been funded other than to say that different sites are addressed individually by Federal and state agencies in accordance with their specific site characteristics and authorities. The Federal and/or state approach to one site may not match the approach to another, even if, on the surface, they appear similar. The extent to which Potentially Responsible Parties pay for cleanup costs makes side-by-side comparisons of cleanup costs difficult.

    Although each site is very different, EPA Region III is in communication with EPA HQ, through the Technical Review Workgroup Asbestos Committee, to ensure consistency with asbestos sites nationwide.

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  3. Has a budget been established for cleanup of the BoRit Site? (8-13-2009)
    No. A budget for the Remedial Action, or cleanup, will be determined once a final remedy has been chosen for the Site, which will not happen for several years.
    EPA does have a budget to conduct the current, ongoing Removal Action at the BoRit Site, and a budget for the upcoming Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the Site.

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  4. Will lobbying our elected officials result in additional money to conduct a more extensive cleanup (e.g. Congressional appropriations)? (4-20-2009)

    A final cleanup is chosen based on its long-term protectiveness of human health and the environment. The cleanup will be as extensive as it needs to be to achieve that goal, regardless of any lobbying done by the community. In addition, funding the cleanup of a National Priorities List (NPL) site is not automatic or guaranteed. It will be several years before EPA is ready to request funding to do any cleanup work at BoRit and then we will be competing for those funds nationally.
    EPA gets money to clean up sites based on the risk they pose to human health and the environment. When we get that money depends on where we rank nationally for all NPL cleanups across the country.

    Once EPA completes its investigation of the BoRit Site, which will likely be several years from now under the NPL process, we will propose a variety of options for cleanup. These options will include EPA's preferred option. As part of that proposal, we will ask the Community Advisory Group (CAG) and the public for their comments during a formal comment period.

    Once EPA has considered a variety of criteria, including the publics' comments, we are required by law to make a final remedy selection decision and to document it in the Record of Decision (ROD).

    Once the ROD is in place, we must then go to a national panel to request the funds necessary to clean up the site. At that point, we will be placed into a national ranking system of funding based on: risk to human population exposed; site stability; contaminant characteristics; threat to a significant environment and; program management considerations

    Again, EPA is several years away from a final cleanup decision for the BoRit Site and we encourage the CAG to take every opportunity for EPA to present a detailed presentation on our cleanup process under the NPL.

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  5. Is Whitpain Township paying for or contributing to any part of this project and are there other sources of money other than Superfund? (9-5-2008)

    This is an EPA Fund Lead Project. Therefore, Whitpain is not paying for the work. However, they are contributing by allowing us to be on-site and by providing us with important information necessary to do our job right (e.g., sewer lines drawings, Rose Valley Creek flooding information upstream of Chestnut Avenue).

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  6. What precautionary measures did the fence company contractors take regarding health and safety? (9-5-2008)

    When the fence company came to check out the work to be conducted, a background of the Site was explained. EPA contractors are 40-hours Occupational Safety and Health Administration certified. In addition, every worker on-site must read and sign the Site Health and Safety Plan.

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  7. Are the bids given to the EPA contractors available to the public? (9-5-2008)
    Yes. All the subcontract bids are available in EPA’s field office.

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  8. How are bids put together? (9-5-2008)

    When a bid package is put together, what is given to the contractor is a statement of work. As far as the EPA contractor, we do not go through a bid process for each site. We maintain a number of contractors to do removal work as needed. These contracts are re-competed every 4 or 5 years.

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  9. Do EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) have enough money to remediate the site if they decide to do so? (1-2008)

    Yes. All sites which are recommended to the National Priorities List receive funding commensurate to the needs of the cleanup. PADEP's Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) program only addresses orphan sites. Since BoRit has 3 owners HSCA has no jurisdiction.

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  10. Why isn’t the company responsible for the Ambler Asbestos cleanup paying for the BoRit cleanup? (8-8-2007)

    Because the BoRit Site was not considered part of the former Ambler Asbestos Superfund Site, the cleanup of that site did not include the BoRit Site. EPA's enforcement investigation is underway to identify parties who may be liable for costs related to the cleanup of the BoRit Site.

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