Metropolitan Mirror & Glass, Inc.
June 1998 Fact Sheet
EPA Issues the Proposed Remedial Action Plan
On June 16, 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (Proposed Plan) for the Metropolitan Mirror Superfund Site. The Proposed Plan recommends no further action at this time because EPA has determined that the removal action, which took place at the site in the spring and summer of 1997, sufficiently addressed hazardous site conditions. After the public has had an opportunity to review and comment on the Proposed Plan, EPA will make a final decision and issue a formal Record of Decision (ROD) for the site. (Please see page four for information on the public comment period and the public meeting.)
EPA Welcomes Your Input
EPA opened the public comment period when the Proposed Plan was released on June 16, 1998. EPA relies on public input to ensure that the Proposed Plan for a Superfund site considers and addresses the needs and concerns of the community. To ensure that community members' opinions regarding the Metropolitan Mirror Site are heard, EPA invites local residents to ask questions or express their concerns during the ongoing public comment period or at the upcoming public meeting. Those who prefer to send written comments to EPA may do so by writing to one of the representatives listed on page five before the public comment period ends on July 15, 1998.
A public meeting will be held at
7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 1998
The meeting will be at the
Shenandoah Heights Police Station
190 Pennsylvania Ave.
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania 17976
All comments and questions about the Proposed Plan that EPA receives during the comment period and the public meeting will be fully addressed in a Responsiveness Summary. The Responsiveness Summary will become part of the ROD.
Site Documents Available at Information Repositories
EPA has established an Information Repository near the Metropolitan Mirror Site to ensure that site information, such as the Proposed Plan, is available to the public. The Information Repository houses the Administrative Record File, EPA's official collection of information that supports decisions made for the site. The Information Repository is located at:
West Mahanoy Township Building
190 Pennsylvania Ave.
Shenandoah, PA 17976
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
Contact: Michael Michalik
You may also review the file at the EPA Administrative Records Room at 1650 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Please call (215) 814-3157 for an appointment.
The Metropolitan Mirror Site is an industrial park in the southern part of West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Between 1959 and 1982, Metropolitan Mirror and Glass Co. used the site to operate a mirror manufacturing facility. From 1982 to 1987, National Patent Development Corp. owned the property. Since 1987, the property has been occupied by the St. Jude Polymer Co. which agreed to purchase the site from National Patent Development Corp. on an installment sale basis. St. Jude Polymer Co. currently operates a plastic-bottle recycling center on the site that does not involve the disposal of wastes on the property.
Contaminants were first discovered in the site's groundwater in 1986. As a result, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP) investigated the site to determine the source of the contamination. PaDEP identified the former Metropolitan Mirror and Glass facility and its four onsite settling lagoons previously used for waste disposal as potential sources of contamination.
In 1989, EPA inspected the Metropolitan Mirror Site. Contaminants detected in the lagoon areas and the soils of a drum storage area included aluminum, lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
After inspecting and evaluating the site, EPA suggested that it be added to the National Priorities List (NPL). On October 14, 1992, the Metropolitan Mirror Site was officially added to the NPL and thereby became eligible for cleanup funds under the Federal Superfund Program.
Between 1995 and 1998, an EPA contractor conducted a remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS). During the RI, the contractor identified the types and amounts of contamination at the site and the possible risks that the contamination could pose to human health and the environment. During the FS, the contractor used the information collected during the RI to identify possible methods to clean up the contamination.
According to the RI, contamination in soil north of the manufacturing building and sludge and dredged materials in the lagoons posed a significant threat to human health and the environment. Between May and August 1997, an emergency removal action was conducted. The contaminated soil, sludge and dredged materials were removed and properly disposed offsite. After the excavation, sampling was performed at the previously contaminated areas. The sampling results indicated that these areas no longer posed a risk to human health or the environment.
Based on the RI/FS, EPA determined that the emergency removal action had sufficiently removed contamination from the site. Therefore, no further remedial action is necessary to protect human health and the environment.
- National Priorities List (NPL)
- EPA's list of the nation's most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for detailed investigation and possible long-term cleanup using Superfund money if no viable PRPs can be identified.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Man-made, carbon-based chemicals that evaporate when they come into contact with air. These chemicals are commonly used as solvents, degreasers and dry cleaning chemicals.
For More Information
For more information about the Metropolitan Mirror Superfund Site, please contact one of the EPA representatives listed below:
Eugene Dennis (3HS21)
Remedial Project Manager
U.S. EPA, Region III
1650 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Community Involvement Coordinator
Information on the Internet
Additional information on the Metropolitan Mirror Superfund Site may be accessed via the Internet at www.epa.gov/region03/. EPA's website contains past fact sheets on the site, background on the Superfund Program and information about general environmental issues.