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Brodhead Creek

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Superfund Site Fact Sheet - September 1995


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently signed the second Record of Decision (ROD) for the Brodhead Creek Superfund Site. The ROD announces EPA's plan for addressing Operable Unit 2, residual coal tar in subsurface soils and ground water, at the site. EPA issued a ROD for Operable Unit 1 in March 1991.

EPA held a public meeting on June 6, 1995, to discuss the results of investigations and studies on Operable Unit 2. EPA presented this information in a document called a Proposed Remedial Action Plan. The Proposed Plan outlined several clean-up options including EPA's recommended course of action. EPA also held a public comment period from May 25, 1995 to June 23, 1995, during which community members could comment on EPA's preferred course of action. EPA reviewed and responded to all comments and questions received, included them as part of the ROD, and placed them in the local information repository (see "For More Information" on page 2).

After reviewing all of the clean-up options, EPA selected "No Further Action" for Operable Unit 2 at the site. EPA believes that several factors, including an on-site levee and wetlands, along with municipal water hook-ups in East Stroudsburg and eventually Stroudsburg, will prevent future exposure to contaminated ground water. In addition, existing site conditions such as the slurry wall and the remedy for Operable Unit 1, which is already operating, will prevent coal tar from entering Brodhead Creek and reduce the highest amounts of coal tar in the soils. Although no further action will be taken on Operable Unit 2 at this time, EPA will continue to monitor site conditions to ensure that no threat is posed to human health or the environment.


EPA is currently cleaning up the two subsurface areas of pooled coal tar (Operable Unit 1). This clean-up action, known as the Contained Recovery of Oily Wastes (CROW(Trademark)) process, began earlier this summer. The CROW(Trademark) process involves injecting hot water into contaminated soils to flush out the pooled coal tar. The coal tar is then captured and taken off-site for disposal. The excess water from the process is cleaned and discharged into Brodhead Creek. EPA will monitor the CROW(Trademark) process on a regular basis to ensure that it is achieving the appropriate clean-up levels.


To obtain more information about the Brodhead Creek Superfund Site, please visit the local information repository. The repository contains all of the documents used by EPA in making site-related decisions as well as general information on the Superfund process. The repository address and hours are listed below.

Stroudsburg Borough Building
Seventh and Sarah Streets
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(717) 421-5444

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Community Involvement Coordinator
Bill Hudson

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