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Malvern TCE

Activities Update, March 1996


As part of the on-going remedial investigation, EPA will test the soil and groundwater at the Malvern TCE Superfund Site. A variety of sampling methods will be used to gather information on the soil contamination at the site.

A drilling rig will collect soil samples by boring down into the soil to selected depths, allowing EPA to analyze the extent of soil contamination. Advanced Drilling, Inc. has been subcontracted by EPA's remedial contractor, CH2M Hill, to perform the soil boring at the site.

The information collected during this phase of sampling will allow EPA to characterize the extent and nature of the contamination from the site. It also will allow EPA to evaluate the health risk the contamination may pose to anyone coming in contact with the contamination. EPA anticipates that the analysis of the sampling data will be completed by the end of the summer.


EPA approved the Sampling Plan for the Malvern TCE Site. The plan presents the methods Advanced Drilling, Inc. will use to complete the sampling activities described above. EPA will place a copy of the Sampling Plan in the Administrative Record, located in the reference area of the Chester County Library.


During the period of sampling, EPA will monitor the air and soil continuously to ensure that the health and safety of on-site workers and nearby residents is protected. Because activities at the site will not include regrading of the soil, the drilling and sampling will have no impact on water wells, filtration systems, septic systems, or public water supplies.


EPA began the process of developing a Community Relations Plan by conducting interviews with residents of the Hillbrook Circle and Aston Woods areas. EPA talked with residents about their issues and concerns with the site, the types of information they want to receive, and how EPA can meet these information needs most effectively.

The Community Relations Plan will serve as a blueprint for EPA's community relations activities and will address the issues and concerns raised by residents during the interviews. Once the Community Relations Plan is completed, EPA will place a copy in the Administrative Record.


EPA plans to conduct its next round of residential water sampling in June. EPA will mail the results of the sampling directly to residents.


If you have questions about the Malvern TCE Site or need additional information, please contact Carolyn Szumal, Community Involvement Coordinator, via telephone at 215-814-5533 or 1-800-553-2509 or via e-mail at szumal.carolyn@epa.gov. EPA will also post information about the site on the Internet at URL http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/index.htm

If you would like your name added to the Malvern TCE mailing list, please complete this form and mail it to:
Carolyn Szumal
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

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