Berks Sand Pit
EPA CONDUCTS FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF BERKS SAND PIT SITE
Determines Public Health and Environment Are Protected
The U.S. EPA recently conducted a five-year review of its clean-up activities at the Berks Sand Pit Site, located in Longswamp Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this review was to ensure that EPA's clean-up activities at the Site -- pumping and treating the contaminated ground water -- were continuing to protect the public's health and the environment. The review also served to ensure that the clean-up activities are proceeding as EPA planned.
The results of the five-year review indicate that EPA is protecting both public health and the environment by pumping and treating the contaminated groundwater at the Berks Sand Pit Site. EPA's water treatment plant is operating properly; it is effectively treating the groundwater for trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination.
EPA is required under the Superfund law to conduct a five-year review of its activities at Superfund Sites with on-going clean-up actions.
EPA CONTINUES CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES
On September 27, 1991, EPA began cleaning up the contaminated groundwater at the Berks Sand Pit Site. The clean-up activities are designed to reduce the level of contaminated groundwater as well as to prevent its spread. Specifically, EPA has:
- installed and operated a groundwater extraction system;
- constructed and operated an air stripper to remove selected compounds from the contaminated groundwater, and discharged the water, after treatment, to a secondary tributary of the Perkiomen Creek;
- initiated local restrictions to prevent future installation of drinking wells in the contaminated areas of the aquifier.
EPA also is monitoring the quality of the surface water and groundwater.
EPA will continue pumping and treating the contaminated groundwater until monitoring indicates that untreated groundwater poses no public health or environmental threat.
EPA established an information repository for the Berks Sand Pit 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 also includes the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Report, the report that characterizes the Site contamination, and the Proposed Plan, EPA's plan for cleaning up the Site. This file is available for public review and copying at the locations listed below:
Long Swamp Municipal (Recreational) Building
R.D. 1, Box 37
Mertztown, PA 19539
Secretary: Mr. Peter T. Evans
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Attention: Anna Butch (3HW11)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm