Assessment of Bernhart Park
On June 18, 2001, Exide in collaboration with EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Protection (PADEP) conducted soil, reservoir sediment and surface water sampling at Bernhart Park.
The following is a summary of the Bernhart Park Investigation:
In 2007, EPA approved a comprehensive risk assessment that was conducted to evaluate the soil lead exposure risks in the community. The risk assessment determined that 650 mg/kg was a protective soil lead level for the residential properties in Laureldale Borough and Muhlenberg Township. The 650 mg/kg cleanup level will be applied to the open flat areas where residents mostly frequent. These areas will be cleaned up to at least 650 mg/kg of lead in soil.
Because of the terrain and infrequent use of the wooded hillside areas, the islands, and the patch of land near the damn by young children, a different set of parameters have been evaluated for potential human health risks. This evaluation is presented in the Final Draft Human Health Risk Assessment for the Northwest Portion of Bernhart Park. In addition to the human health risk assessment, Exide is currently evaluating the ecological risk assessment at the park. EPA anticipates that the ecological risk assessment will be completed by mid-May. These two risk assessments will be used to determine an appropriate cleanup level that will be applied to the park. EPA will work with the City of Reading and Exide to put together a proposal to clean up the park in Summer 2008 with the anticipation of re-opening the park in early Fall of 2008.The following photos were taken during the sampling activities in 2001.