Congo Road Boron
Current Site Information
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)Pennsylvania
EPA ID# PASFN0305500
6th Congressional District
Last Update: October
No future updates
Current Site Status
EPA is providing bottled water to affected residences, and will continue to do so unless future sampling data shows that the boron problem in the area is naturally occurring. No further cleanup action is planned at this time with no source of the boron contamination identified.
The Congo Road Boron Site included several homes at which elevated concentrations of the element boron have been detected in the rural/residential Congo area. the Site was discovered during sampling activities completed as part of the nearby Boyertown Farms site. The source of the elevated boron is not known, but sampling and assessment activities are ongoing. Homes with boron concentrations exceeding EPA Removal Action Levels are provided a bottled source of drinking water by EPA. All area residents rely on ground water for their source of drinking water.
Site ResponsibilityThis site is being investigated through EPA CERCLA Removal Program authorities.
NPL Listing HistoryA CERCLA Removal Site
Threats and Contaminants
The element boron is not typically found at elevated concentrations in groundwater of southeastern Pennsylvania. Although potentially an essential nutrient in minor concentrations, elevated boron intake could lead to development problems such as low birth weight. Since area residents rely on ground water for drinking purposes, elevated levels or boron are unavoidably ingested. Boron is not easily removed from water, so filtration units are laregely ineffective.
EPA is providing bottled water to affected residences. No further cleanup action is planned at this time with no source of the boron contamination identified.