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Precision National Corporation

Fact Sheet June 2002


This update provides the most recent information about the assessment of chromium contamination and its effects at the Precision National Plating Services hazardous waste site at 198 Ackerly Road in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. The company ceased operations in 1999 and demolished its plant in 2000.

Precision is carrying out the investigation and cleanup under a 1998 order and the supervision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company has been testing the soil, drinking water, surface water and groundwater to assess the potential risk to public health and the environment.



Risk Assessments

What is Chromium?

Chromium is a metal that comes in many forms, both natural and manmade. The manmade hexavalent form (the type found at the Precision site) is used in plating, dyes, pigments, leather tanning and wood preserving. It dissolves easily in water and can trickle deeply into groundwater.
While the natural form of chromium is an essential nutrient, the hexavalent form, when inhaled at high levels, can irritate the nose and sinuses. Ingesting large amounts of chromium can cause digestive, kidney and liver damage, and skin contact can cause ulcers, redness and swelling. Studies have shown that inhalation of hexavalent chromium vapors over a long period of time may cause cancer.

For More Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
David Polish

On-Scene Coordinator
Neeraj (Raj) Sharma

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