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Lord-Shope Landfill

Fact Sheet: March 1996

This fact sheet discusses the PRP's (potentially responsible party) plans to resume site clean-up activities scheduled for April 1996, explains additional investigations, notifies the public of upcoming Public Availablility Sessions, presents information concerning access issues, and describes the site.

Site Construction Resumes Early April

The PRP, Lord Corporation, and its contractor, Eckenfelder, Inc., plan to resume cleanup activities at the Lord-Shope Landfill Site on April 8, 1996. They will complete construction, which began in mid-1995, of the main components of the clean-up plan, including an on-site vapor extraction stripping system and a ground water extraction and treatment system. The on-site vapor extraction system uses vacuum wells to remove volatile organic compounds (VOC) (contaminates which evaporate into the air) from the landfill and surrounding soil and destroy them in a process called Thermal Oxidation. The ground water extraction and treatment system pulls water from the ground and uses filtration to remove harmful metals. Treated waters, meeting Pennsylvania discharge levels, will be sent via an underground discharge pipe and released into a nearby tributary of Elk Creek. Weather conditions permitting, EPA expects Lord Corporation and Eckenfelder, Inc. to complete site construction activities by mid-1996.

Additional Investigations

Lord Corporation recently completed a Phase I - Observational Report. This report discusses the testing of the wells that will be used in the ground water extraction and treatment system. The PRP tested the wells to determine the required treatment pumping rates and to assess the impact that pumping might have on local residential wells. Preliminary results indicate that the wells will extract approximately half as much water, per hour of operation, as originally anticipated. There will be no impact on surrounding residential wells. Nevertheless, EPA is attempting to obtain a contingency plan from Lord Corporation to provide bottled water to local residents in the event that conditions change.

EPA also is awaiting the PRP's submittal of a work plan discussing Intrinsic Bioremediation. Lord Corporation has proposed using Intrinsic Bioremediation to address areas of low-level contamination on the site. EPA will review this report in conjunction with the Phase I - Observational Report.

Public Availability Sessions

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be available to speak to citizens one-on-one or in small groups to explain recent clean-up activities at the Lord-Shope Landfill Site. Specifically, they will address the resumption of construction activities scheduled for April 8, 1996.

Wednesday, April 3, 1996

Girard Township
Municipal Building
10140 Ridge Road
Girard, Pennsylvania
Times: 2 pm to 4:30 pm (Session 1)
7 pm to 9 pm (Session 2)

Access Issues

A portion of the property adjacent to the north of the site and owned by Overlake, Inc. also contains contaminated ground water. The PRP will treat this water using the ground water extraction and treatment system. Currently, only EPA and the Pennyslvania Department of Environmental Protection have access rights to the Overlake property. Lord Corporation and Eckenfelder, Inc. are permitted to enter the property to conduct well sampling, but only with the supervision of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection personnel.

Description of the Site

The Lord-Shope Landfill Site is located southwest of the intersection of U.S. Route 20 and Pieper Road in Girard Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Between 1959 and 1979, an estimated four million cubic feet of waste were disposed at the site. The waste consisted primarily of debris, but also contained industrial wastes, spent adhesives, organic and inorganic chemicals, solvents, cutting oils, and acids. EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection investigated the site and found that soil, ground water, and landfill materials were contaminated with VOCs and heavy metals, including lead. In addition, testing of a nearby stream revealed the presence of VOCs, arsenic, and barium.

Lord Corporation has assumed responsibility for the clean-up at the site. To date, they and their contractors have constructed a clay and synthetic cap over the landfill, installed a ground water cut-off wall, and regraded and revegetated the landfill area.

Additional Questions or Comments?

Call or Write:

David Turner (3HW23)
Remedial Project Manager
U.S. EPA, Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Pat Gaughan (3EA30)
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA, Region III
11th & Chapline Streets
Wheeling, WV 26003

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