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Austin Avenue Radiation

Fact Sheet: August 1996

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its efforts to keep community members apprised of work at the properties involved in the Austin Avenue Radiation Site. EPA will continue to produce monthly updates and mail them to all citizens on the mailing list. If you would like to be added to the site mailing list, please call Carrie Deitzel, EPA's Community Involvement Coordinator at 1-800/553-2509. If you would like to review additional site information, please see the reverse side of this fact sheet.

The Superfund Remedial Program is currently conducting work at the Austin Avenue Site. This phase of the cleanup includes 21 properties that are contaminated with radioactive materials in five municipalities of Delaware County. Experienced project personnel are conducting dismantlement, demolition, and disposal activities in a carefully controlled manner. EPA is the lead agency responsible for managing the cleanup. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with EPA, maintains a full-time presence at the site and oversees all work by contractors. Argonne National Laboratories, an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago, also maintains a full-time presence at the site to conduct and oversee radiologic monitoring.

Recent Work

Contractors for EPA are continuing to rebuild homes at properties on Wayne Avenue, East Plumstead Avenue, and Owen Avenue. In addition, workers have dismantled the structures at properties on Lexington Avenue, Pine Avenue, and North Lansdowne Avenue. Contaminated soil and demolition debris from the properties are being packaged at the former warehouse site at Austin and Union Avenues. The packaged materials are stored for later disposal or shipped off-site, as appropriate. To date, over 91 railcars containing contaminated soil and building debris have been shipped out of state for disposal. Uncontaminated demolition waste is shipped directly to off-site disposal facilities. Listed below are the activities recently completed and those that have begun at each property.

216 and 218 Wayne Avenue, Lansdowne - Rough plumbing was installed and exterior and interior framing was completed at both properties. Other rebuilding activities, including laying roof shingles and installing windows, doors, insulation, and drywall, continued at both properties. In addition, preliminary work began on the electrical and heating and ventilation systems for both properties.

219 Wayne Avenue, Lansdowne - Basement slabs were poured and rough plumbing was installed. Framing and construction began on the first and second floor decks and the first floor walls.

6 and 10 East Plumstead Avenue, Lansdowne - Cleanup verification results are forthcoming to ensure that all contaminated soils have been removed from 6 East Plumstead. Rebuilding work, including pouring footers and a new foundation, began at 10 East Plumstead.

16 East Plumstead Avenue - Interior and exterior drains were installed and block work was completed. Construction of the first floor walls and the first and second floor decks began.

34 Lewis Avenue, East Lansdowne - Dismantling and demolition work was completed and cleanup verification samples were collected. A final report from Argonne Laboratories will be reviewed before filling activities begin.

3723 Huey Avenue, Upper Darby - Contaminated soil was excavated from the property and dismantling and demolition work was completed. Cleanup verification samples were collected. A final report from Argonne Laboratories will be reviewed before filling activities begin.

621 and 623 Pine Street, Darby - Asbestos-containing siding and roofing materials were removed from 621 and 623 Pine. Air sampling was conducted and dismantling activities began at both properties.

151 Lexington Avenue, East Lansdowne - Pre-demolition inspections were completed and dismantlement, demolition, and removal of contaminated material and debris began.

500 Harper Avenue, Upper Darby, and 64 South Clifton Avenue, Aldan - Cleanup verification sampling was completed at both properties. Final verification surveys from Argonne Laboratories will be reviewed before additional work begins.

237 North Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne - Dismantling and demolition of both contaminated and non-contaminated structures was completed. Contaminated soil excavation and the disposal of construction and demolition debris began.

346 Owen Avenue, Lansdowne - Original footers were excavated and rebuilding activities, including pouring new footers, laying block, and framing, began.

211 Penn Boulevard, East Lansdowne - Preparation for dismantlement of this property began.

Projected Work for August

Workers will continue rebuilding activities at the Wayne, East Plumstead, Owen, and Huey Avenue properties. Soil excavation and sampling activities will begin at 237 Lansdowne Avenue and at the Pine Street properties. Dismantlement activities will continue at the Lexington Avenue property.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers will continue to oversee all work including the shipping of contaminated materials off-site, property inspections, and radiological surveys at the remaining properties. Follow-up inspections will continue at all properties to ensure that all abatement, remediation, and construction activities are performed in accordance with EPA requirements.

EPA will continue to maintain daily contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss work progress and address issues as they arise. Project meetings between EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Argonne National Laboratories, and the contractor (Sevenson Environmental Services) will continue on a weekly basis and site safety meetings will continue to be held daily. Off-site air monitoring will be conducted continuously and perimeter and personnel air-monitoring will be conducted whenever work is in progress. Security guards will continue to maintain 24-hour security in the areas around the affected properties.

Additional Site Information

EPA places all site-related documents into the local information repository for public review. Interested community members are encouraged to review these documents at the Lansdowne Public Library, Nyack and Lansdowne Avenues, in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

Austin Avenue Project Contacts

EPA Community Involvement Coordinator
Carrie Deitzel

EPA Remedial Project Manager
Dave Turner

Tim Gallagher

1650 ARCH ST.

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