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Jacks Creek / Sitkin Smelting & Refining, Inc.

US EPA Announces a Public Comment Period on the Proposed Remedial Action Plan for the Jacks Creek Superfund Site

On February 27, 1997, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (Proposed Plan) for the Jack's Creek Superfund Site located near Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Release of the Proposed Plan follows EPA's completion of the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) reports. In the RI/FS, EPA determined the type and amount of contamination at the site and developed cleanup alternatives. Additionally, EPA identified the site risks for the contaminated soils and waste piles onsite. EPA determined that these risks pose a significant threat to human health and the environment. To address the contamination and protect human health and the environment, EPA developed several cleanup alternatives. The following are brief descriptions of all the cleanup alternatives in the Proposed Plan, beginning with EPA's preferred alternative.

Alternative 3 (EPA's Preferred Alternative)
Dig up the soils at the site with lead contamination over 40,000 parts per million (ppm) and dispose of these soils offsite. Combine the onsite soils and waste piles with lead contamination over 1,000 ppm in the unused area of the site and place a multi-layer cap over the area. Place clean soil on areas of the site from which contaminated soils have been removed.
Alternative 1
Take no action to clean up the site other than conduct long term-monitoring. (Superfund requires that EPA consider a no-action alternative at every site to establish a base for comparison.)
Alternative 2
Consolidate soils and waste piles with lead contamination above 3,000 ppm and cover the consolidated materials with a limestone layer and a multi-layer cap.
Alternative 4
Use chemical fixation, a treatment process, to treat soils and waste piles with lead contamination over 10,000 ppm, cover the treated soil with a soil layer, and consolidate and cover soils with lead contamination between 1,000 and 10,000 ppm.
Alternative 5
Use chemical fixation to treat contaminated soils and waste piles with contamination over 1,000 ppm and cover the treated soils onsite.
Alternative 6
Use chemical fixation to treat contaminated soils and waste piles with contamination over 1,000 ppm and dispose of the treated material at an offsite landfill.

EPA relies on input from the community when making a decision about a cleanup plan for a Superfund site and invites the public to comment on the Proposed Plan. The comment period for the Jacks Creek Proposed Plan begins on February 27, 1997, and ends on March 28, 1997. Additionally, during the comment period, EPA will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on March 20, 1997, at 7:00 pm at the East Derry Elementary School. EPA will review and address all comments and questions presented during the public meeting and received during the public comment period before making a final decision about the cleanup plan for the site. All comments and questions should be addressed to the following EPA contacts:

Remedial Project Manager
David Turner

Community Involvement Coordinator
Richard Kuhn

U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

The Proposed Plan, RI/FS report, and other site-related documents are available for review as part of the Administrative Record File located at the following information repositories:

U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Contact: Anna Butch
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mifflin County Library
123 N. Wayne Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
Contact: Dorothy Coffman
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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