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RR 2 Emlenton Lead
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)
EPA ID# PASFN0305448
5th Congressional District
Last Update: March 2008
Current Site Status
Lead contaminated soil was excavated, stored in drums and then properly disposed of off site. The EPA has completed all its work at this site.
The "RR 2 Emlenton Lead Site" site consists of approximately 1/4 acre with two small gardens. One of the gardens is down gradient from the residential house. The house is occupied by an adult female and her two small children.
- Site Responsibility
- This Site is being addressed by an EPA Superfund Removal Action.
- NPL Listing History
- This Site is not on the National Priorities List.
Threats and Contaminants
The threat at this Site is lead contamination to the small children who live at the home. One of the children is an 18-month-old female child. Her blood level was 20 micrograms (ug)/deciliter (dl). A level above 20 ug/dl in a child less than five years of age is cause for concern. Lead poisoning is a serious problem in small children and can cause neurological disorders which may be irreversible. Two area of the property had lead levels above those recommended for residential property. The EPA sampling assessment revealed levels of 911 ppm and 554 ppm.
On September 16, 1998, the Erie County Department of Health conducted an environmental investigation of the property, owned by Ms. Paula Groner. The investigation was propmted by a diagnosis of elevated blood lead for a resident child. The Department of Health collected samples which revealed lead levels as high as 187,000 parts per million (ppm) lead. Following this testing, the Health Department contacted the EPA and requested that the EPA perform a sampling assessment. In March 1999, the EPA collected twenty samples. None of the EPA's samples were in the magnitude of the Health Department samples; however, two were above the recommended lead levels for a residential area. These two areas were excavated and the soil was replaced with a clean fill.