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Franklin Slag Pile
EPA ID: PASFN0305549
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Congressional District: 3rd
Other Names: None
Last Updated: February 2014
The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Trish Taylor 215-814-5539
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- The EPA has stabilized the Franklin Slag Pile which is estimated to contain 68,000 cubic yards of slag material.
- The pile is covered with a thick plastic cover to prevent slag from blowing off site and a security fence surrounds the property to prevent trespassing and vandalism.
- EPA evaluated several cleanup alternatives to the plastic cover and proposed a permanent cap over the slag pile. Based on responses from both the City of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection EPA decided to not issue a final decision on a permanent remedy at this time.
- The EPA completed a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study in 2007, proposing a permanent cap over the slag pile. Public comments on that study were taken through November 2007, but no decision has been made on the final cleanup remedy.
- EPA is currently investigating alternatives to the proposed remedy of covering the slag pile with a geomembrane.
- The EPA has initiated a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to investigate whether or not the groundwater below the site has become impacted by the slag pile material. Four monitoring wells have been installed and EPA's contractor has collected the first round of samples.
- OU-1, Slag Pile: EPA continues to investigate alternatives to the proposed remedy; installation of a landfill cover. EPA is currently evaluating a proposal that would require that a pilot study on approximately 200 yards of slag material be performed.
- OU-2, Groundwater: EPA is conducting a remedial investigation of the site groundwater. Two rounds of groundwater sampling have been completed with the results pending at this time.
- The Franklin Slag Pile is located on a three-acre property at the intersection of Castor and Delaware Avenues in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia in an industrial area bordered to the west by Interstate 95 and to the east by the Delaware River.
- The site consists of a covered slag pile containing an estimated 68,000 cubic yards of slag material – a byproduct from the copper smelter at the neighboring Franklin Smelting and Refining Corp.
- MDC, the operator of the site from the 1950s to 1999, sold the slag as sand-blasting grit.
NPL Listing History
- In 2000, EPA carried out an emergency cleanup of the property, which consisted of:
1. shipping 12,000 tons of slag and soil, 246 tons of hazardous debris, and 20 tons of bagged slag off-site for disposal;
2. cleaning and dismantling equipment, buildings and
3. transporting fuels and oils off-site for reuse.
- EPA covered the remaining slag pile with thick plastic material and fenced the entire property.
- The site was added to the National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in the country in 2002, allowing EPA to devote federal funds toward a long-term cleanup solution for the site.
- The agency completed a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for the site in June 2007, and proposed installing a permanent cap over the site.
- The public had a chance to comment on this solution through November 2007.
- EPA wrote a ROD, however, the state has requested EPA postpone finalizing the document until additional alternatives have been investigated.
- In 2010, EPA initiated an RI/FS to investigate the groundwater below the site property.
- The slag pile contains many metals, including aluminum, beryllium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, and lead. Before EPA covered the pile, slag blew off the site and was present in run-off. The plastic cover prevents further slag from blowing off site.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Franklin Slag site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
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.
Proposed Plan July 2007 (PDF) (28 pp, 151KB)
Hazard Ranking System Documentation Record (PDF) (84 pp, 189K)
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. $Fee$ for requests over 100 pages.
|February 21, 2000||January 5, 2000||View of covered slag pile from Delaware Avenue. Taken on May 23, 2007.|
- Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (51 pp, 1.04MB)
- Glossary (English/Spanish)
- Proposed Plan Public Comment Period Extended announcement August 2007 (PDF) (1 p, 45KB)
- Proposed Plan Public Meeting Transcript (PDF) (103 pp, 638KB)
- Federal Register
09/25/2002: National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites ACTION: Final rule;
09/13/2001: National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 37 ACTION: Proposed rule
- Fact Sheets
Proposed Plan Summary July 2007 (PDF) (4pp, 210K)
Frequently Asked Questions September 2004 (PDF) (3 pp, 1.79MB)
Czesto zadawane pytania Sierpien 2004 (PDF) (2 pp, 172K)
- The site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use. The 3-acre site consists entirely of the covered slag pile and therefore there is no re-use option. Properties associated with the smelting operation are now being re-used for commercial purposes.
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