Honeywell Baltimore Inner Harbor
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Russell Fish
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
Mail Stop: 3LC20
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Mr. Edward M Dexter, P.G.
Solid Waste Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard - Suite 605
Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719
Phone: (410) 537-3315
In late 2002 and early 2003, EPA, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and the developer, (Harbor East Development Group), negotiated an agreement to limit liability for the developer. After a public notice period, the agreement known as the Prospective Lessee Agreement became effective on May 5, 2003.
Construction for Phase I of the RCRA Redevelopment project, now known as Harbor Point, started in late 2007. The opening of the first building, a seven story office building known as the Thames Street Wharf Building, was celebrated on June 10, 2010. Built to house financial services firm, Morgan Stanley, the building is currently also home to Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
Engineering and design activities for Phase II of the Harbor Point project started in the summer of 2012. EPA has received conceptual design plans for a 22 story office tower, a 70,000 square foot trading floor and a central plaza to be constructed on the former Allied Baltimore Works site. EPA has worked closely with the MDE, Allied (now known as Honeywell) and the developer to ensure that the constructed containment remedy, remains operational and protective. Completion of the office tower, trading floor and plaza is projected for June of 2014.
Total buildout of this mixed-use RCRA redevelopment project, including office and residential buildings, specialized retail, hotel space, approximately 9.5 acres of parks and open space, off-street parking and a waterfront promenade, is projected to occur over the next 10 years with a total project cost of approximately $1 billion. The completed project will create 7,100 construction jobs and 6,600 permanent jobs.
As a temporary use, Cirque du Soleil used part of the site for performances in the spring of 2003 and 2005. Other interim uses included a concert venue, an ice-skating rink and local community events.
Prior to any redevelopment on the property, conceptual and detailed design plans must be approved by EPA and MDE. EPA and MDE will approve the redevelopment only if it is found that it will not interfere with the corrective measures, or the monitoring for the corrective measures, and that increased risks to the health or the environment will not result from the conditions at the site.
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Honeywell Baltimore Site, (now known a Harbor Point), was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century on approximately 18 acres of waterfront property in close proximity to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Chrome ore was processed at the Site for the production of chromium chemicals until 1985. The Site was purchased by the Allied Chemical Company in 1954. Investigations in the early to mid-1980's found large quantities of chromium migrating from the Site into the Harbor and into the groundwater below the Harbor
On September 29, 1989, EPA and the State of Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) entered into a Consent Decree with Allied-Signal Inc. for further investigation and remediation of the Site. The Consent Decree anticipated that the final remedy would include onsite containment of contaminated soil and groundwater through construction of a deep vertical hydraulic barrier and a multi-media cap (“containment structure”). The Consent Decree specified that the remedy attain two performance standards - a surface water performance standard and a groundwater gradient performance standard. The surface water performance standard requires that the concentration of total dissolved chromium in the surface water be reduced to 50 parts per billion (“ppb”) for each surface water sample location by arithmetically averaging the samples taken at three depths (top, middle and bottom). The groundwater gradient performance standard requires that the groundwater level inside the containment structure be 0.01 foot lower than the water level outside of the containment structure based upon hourly measurements averaged over a 30-day period. In 1992, remedies were selected for four areas at and around the Baltimore Works Site (the Former Manufacturing Area, the Southeast Quadrant, a Newly Acquired Contiguous Property, and Wills Street by Dock Street). AlliedSignal, (now Honeywell), remains perpetually responsible for maintaining the containment structure and monitoring the environment around the property.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pages, 40 KB, About DF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater [PDF, 8 pages, 25 KB, About PDF]
- All documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division - RCRA
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the EPA Project Manager: Mr. Russell Fish (215)-814-3226.