Polymer Products Co. Inc.
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Grant Dufficy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3455
- Corrective Action Status:
Corrective Action Underway
- Human Exposure Controls: TBA
- Ground Water Controls: TBA
An Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection was conducted in July 2008 to determine whether human exposures to contamination and the migration of contaminated groundwater were under control. Although it appears that contamination from the facility is not widespread, further investigation may be necessary in order to determine whether both EIs are under control.
EPA/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) will focus first on the health and groundwater impacts, if any, presented by the facility. Once EPA/PADEP completes this review process, an environmental indicator determination will be prepared and posted to this website.
According to the Northampton County property records website, the property was developed in 1937. Structures present at that time included two sets of railroad tracks, a commercial detached masonry garage, a commercial carport, two steel pressure tanks with a paved parking lot and a chain link fence (Source: Northampton County Tax website, 2009). The Site activities and ownership in 1937 is unknown.
Prior to 1974, the Facility was owned by Chemtron, a manufacturer of plastic products, which was headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Not much is known about Chemtron except that site activities included utilization of a nitro building. The Site was purchased by PPG Industries, Inc. in 1974 and was used for the production of fire‑retardant concentrates and compounds, which were pelletized for resale. The flame retardant pellets were mainly used for cabinetry needs. This Facility also pelletized a non-dust form of pure antimony concentrate for resale. From 1974 to 1984, colorant was used in the production process. Prior to 1984, the Facility was involved in transferring liquid phosgene from 1-ton cylinders to 150-pound cylinders for distribution. Phosgene remaining in the vapor space of the cylinders was vented to an ammonia scrubber, where it was neutralized, creating a build up of ammonium chloride. Blowdown was directed to an on-Site cooling pond. The cooling pond was also used for recirculation of cooling water generated by the Facility. The start-up date for the pond is unknown. The closing date was December 1984.
In September 1994, the Polymer Products Company, a branch of the PMC Group headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, obtained the Site from PPG Industries under formal Change of Ownership. Tax records indicate that the property was transferred in 1995 from Polymer Products Company to Northampton County New Jobs Corporation (Source: Northampton County Tax Office, 2009). The most recent record of transfer was in March 2001 from Northampton County New Jobs Corporation to Polymer Products Co., Inc. It is not known if production continued during these real estate transfers.The Facility currently specializes in the design, development, and production of plastic additive masterbatches and flame retardant compounds. An additive masterbatch is a concentrate containing active ingredients that produce specific performance benefits in either the manufacturing process or the end product. Products produced at the Facility include flame retardant masterbatches, stabilizer masterbatches, static dissipative masterbatches, ignition resistant styrenics, flame retardant polyolefins, and specialty masterbatches and compounds. These products are utilized in a broad range of applications
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Factsheet [ 2 pp, 21 kb, About PDF]
- Documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division
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 site's future use is yet to be determined.
- 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 EPA Project Manager: Mr. Grant Dufficy (215) 814-3455.