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Berkley Products Company Dump

Fact Sheet: July 1996

Berkley Products
Denver, PA

EPA ISSUES FINAL DECISION FOR SITE CLEAN UP

On June 28, 1996, EPA issued its Record of Decision for the Berkley Products Superfund Site, located northeast of Denver in West Cocalico Township. The Record of Decision (ROD) explains EPA's clean-up alternatives for the Site and indicates how EPA plans to clean up the site contamination.

EPA plans to:

  1. consolidate landfill wastes;
  2. install a cap over the landfill area;
  3. place a temporary fence around the Site when waste will be exposed and when construction equipment will be present;
  4. during the design phase, determine the components of a permanent security barrier;
  5. place deed restrictions and ordinances on the site to limit use of the property;
  6. monitor ground water, surface water runoff, and leachate springs and seeps every year;
  7. monitor residential wells twice a year.

EPA will construct a cap over the landfill to prevent potential human and animal contact with contaminants in soils and landfill materials. Additionally, the cap will stop rain water from seeping through the landfill soil and further contaminating the ground water under the site. After construction of the cap, EPA will cover the landfill with grass and plants to protect the cap from exposure to the elements.

EPA will install a temporary security fence to restrict human and animal access to the landfill for the period when waste will be exposed and construction equipment present; this temporary fence will be removed upon completion of construction. The appropriate components of a permanent security barrier -- either natural, such as hedges; artificial, such as locking gates; or a combination -- will be determined during the design phase. Additionally, deed restrictions and ordinances will be placed on the site to limit future use of the affected property.

Lastly, EPA will conduct sampling of the ground water, surface water, and leachate springs and seeps every year to determine if contamination from the site has spread or if the amount of contamination has decreased. Residential wells will be sampled twice a year to ensure that they have not been affected by the site contamination. Monitoring wells will be sampled quarterly.

EPA HELD PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD PRIOR TO FINALIZING ITS CLEAN-UP PLAN

EPA relied on public input on the Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the Berkley Products Superfund Site to ensure that the plan is responsive to the needs and concerns of the community. Following release of the Proposed Remedial Action Plan on April 8, 1996, EPA held a 30-day comment period providing concerned parties with the opportunity to respond to the components of the plan.

EPA reviewed all written and verbal comments received during the Proposed Plan public comment period. Based on these comments, EPA made two changes to the Proposed Plan which are reflected in the Record of Decision. First, the Proposed Plan included building a permanent security fence to protect the landfill from unwanted human and animal entry. Instead, EPA will provide a temporary security fence which will provide security for the period when the waste will be exposed and construction equipment present; this temporary fence will be removed upon completion of construction. EPA will determine during the design phase the appropriate components of a permanent security barrier, either natural (hedges), artificial (locking gates), or a combination. Second, the Proposed Plan stated that the landfill closure needs to meet the relevant state municipal waste regulations. However, the cap system needs to meet the higher standard of the state hazardous waste regulations. EPA modified this provision so that the landfill closure will meet the standards of the state hazardous waste regulations specified in Section VIII, Summary of Comparative Analysis of Alternatives and Section X, Performance Standards.

SITE REPOSITORY

EPA established an information repository for the Berkley Products Superfund Site to provide area residents with a convenient source of site-related documents. The information repository contains the Administrative Record File, a file of all documents EPA used to make its decisions about clean-up activities. The Administrative Record File includes the Proposed Plan and the Record of Decision. The Administrative Record File is available for public review at the locations listed below:

West Cocalico Township Office
156 B West Main Street
Reinholds, PA
717-336-8720
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

U.S. EPA Region III
Administrative Records Room
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Attention: Anna Butch (3HW11)
Butch.Anna@epa.gov
215-814-3157
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

EPA CONTACTS

If you have questions or need more information about the Berkley Products Superfund Site, please contact either of the following team members:

James Feeney
Remedial Project Manager
U.S. EPA Region III (3HW22)
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-3190
feeney.james@epa.gov

Richard Kuhn
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region III (3HW43)
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-3063
kuhn.richard@epa.gov

Please note that the team members' phone numbers have changed, effective May 20, 1996.

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