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:
Corrective Action Underway
- 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. It is likely that both EIs are presently under control, in part because the facility is vacant; however, further investigation and potential cleanup efforts may be necessary to ensure that future users of the facility are not exposed to contaminants at levels that would pose an unacceptable risk.
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.
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 as part of an EPA RCRA Compliance Evaluation. Only one of the samples locations near the loading dock exhibited an elevated level of VOCs. Results were reported to PADEP.
Primary contaminants at the facility include VOCs from past finishing operations. Workers or trespassers could potentially be exposed to this contamination through inhalation of vapors from contaminated subsurface soil and/or groundwater. Additionally, construction workers may also be directly exposed to contaminated subsurface soil and groundwater during intrusive operations.
- 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
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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The facility is presently unused.