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East Tenth Street

EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)

Delaware County

EPA ID# PAD987323458

7th Congressional District

Last Update: January 2008
No future updates

Other Names


Current Site Status

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has turned over the cleanup of this site to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Site Description

The East Tenth Street site is located on a 36-acre parcel of land in an industrialized area of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. American Viscose Co. purchased the property in 1910 to manufacture rayon. In 1958, cellophane production replaced rayon production. FMC Corp. bought the property in 1963 and continued production until 1977. Marcus Hook Business and Commerce Center obtained the property in 1986, and sold or leased many parcels and buildings. The site is currently divided into 23 lots. In 1979, Envirosafe Services bought a 4 1/4-acre parcel corner of the property. In 1984, this property was transferred to its subsidiary, Marcus Hook Processing Inc. (MHPI). Two sludge lagoons that had been used by FMC as part of their wastewater treatment system are located on the MHPI property. Numerous environmental assessments of the East Tenth Street site have been conducted since 1979. Early in 1988, during one of these investigations, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PADER) found employees excavating an underground solvent storage tank farm consisting of 30 tanks and disposing of the contents on the ground. Late in 1990, another environmental assessment revealed the presence of tanks, leaking transformers, and asbestos within and outside of buildings. In 1990, an EPA evaluation of the site revealed that asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other hazardous substances had apparently been mishandled during past demolition activities. EPA also discovered a sludge-filled tunnel located on one of the lots. Marcus Hook Creek runs adjacent to the site and is classified as a state-designated area for the protection of aquatic life.
Site Responsibility
The site is being addressed through State actions.
NPL Listing History
The site was proposed to the National Priorities List of the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites, requiring long-term remedial action on January 18, 1994.

Threats and Contaminants

Samples of groundwater and soil revealed numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical components of solvents and degreasers, and inorganic contaminants. The soil is also contaminated with PCBs, asbestos, heavy metals, and other organic contaminants. EPA discovered a sludge-filled tunnel located on one of the lots that is contaminated with chloroform, cadmium, and mercury. Sediments in the adjacent Marcus Hook Creek are contaminated with PCBs. Touching or ingesting contaminated groundwater, soils, surface water, or sediments poses a health risk. The creek is classified as a state-designated area for the protection of aquatic life.

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

Cleanup Progress

The site is being addressed in two phases: Immediate actions and a long-term remedial phase focused on cleanup of the entire site. The parties potentially responsible for the contamination, or PRPs, secured or removed asbestos from several buildings on the site. In addition, the PRPs removed old transformers from the property and removed PCB-contaminated cement from some buildings. PRPs also constructed fences around the contaminated lots and conducted a site assessment. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has not concurred with listing the site on the National Priorities List (NPL), and has elected to pursue cleanup of the site under the Commonwealth’s Land Recycling Act. The abatement of asbestos in several buildings, the removal of antiquated transformers, the construction of fences around contaminated lots, and the removal of PCB-contaminated cements have made the site safe.


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