Lawrence McFadden Company
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Griff Miller
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
- Corrective Action Status:
To Be Assessed
- Human Exposure Controls
To Be Determined
- Ground Water Controls
To Be Determined
- An Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection was conducted in November 2010 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 will likely be necessary in order to determine whether both EIs are under control.
- In August 2011, most of the process materials that remained at the facility were removed from the facility and disposed of properly. The outdoor above-ground storage tank (AST) farm has also been decommissioned and removed from the facility. In addition, a Phase II investigation was performed in June 2010 that included the collection of soil borings throughout the facility. Localized impacts from volatile organic compounds (VOC) were identified, mainly in the loading dock area. It is anticipated that remediation of these areas will proceed under the One Cleanup Program.
- From 1937 to 2009, the Lawrence McFadden Company manufactured stains, lacquers, varnishes, and other industrial finishes for various wood and metal products. Prior to 1937, the facility was used for sandpaper manufacturing. In 2009, Lawrence McFadden declared bankruptcy and ceased operations at the facility. The facility is presently vacant.
- Environmental investigations at the facility began in 1991 with a Preliminary Assessment that identified several solid waste management units (SWMU) at the facility. In 1993, soil samples from the loading dock area and the drum storage area were taken, with only one of the loading dock samples exhibiting an elevated level of VOCs
- Primary contaminants at the facility include VOCs from past finishing operations. Potential risks to workers or trespassers include direct contact with contaminated surface soil and inhalation of vapors from contaminated soil and/or groundwater. Additionally, construction workers may also be exposed to contaminated subsurface soil and groundwater. Remediation and/or institutional controls may be required to prohibit certain exposure scenarios or minimize exposure to contamination.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Factsheet [ 1 page, 25 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
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- Submit a FOIA Request
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- The facility is presently unused.