Honeywell Resins & Chemicals
(Formerly: Sunoco, Inc.-Frankford Plant; Allied-Signal)
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EPA Project Manager
Ms. Catheryn Blankenbiller
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3464
Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
Mr James Burke
Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (484) 250-5900
Honeywell Resins & Chemicals LLC Frankford Plant (the ‟Facility"), formerly known as Sunoco Frankford Plant and the Allied Signal Frankford Plant, is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1990, EPA issued the RCRA Permit for Corrective Action for the Facility. One requirement of the permit was that a RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) be conducted for 12 Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs) and two Areas of Concern (AOCs) at the Facility.
In 1992, the Facility conducted the RFI Phase I field work and concluded that a layer of light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) underlies the central portion of the Facility. In November of the same year, EPA requested that the Facility conduct an Interim Measure to enhance the LNAPL recovery. The Facility installed the LNAPL recovery system in 1994 and began the recovery activities in 1995. Since then the Facility has submitted semi-annual progress report to EPA summarizing the activities such as collection of water level measurements, and daily monitoring of and data collection from the LNAPL recovery control systems. Based on the 2013 January semi-annual progress report, the cumulative total production volume from all LNAPL recovery wells and systems is rounded to 527,261 gallons.
The Facility is an old site with widespread of soil and groundwater contamination. The main contaminants are solvents, benzene, naphthalene, acetone, o-cresol, methyl ethyl ketone, xylene, styrene, phenol, and cumene.
Operations of the boilers are controlled by meeting emission limits for metals and chlorides. The emission constituents are back calculated from health based ground level concentrations. Carbon monoxide, which is used as an indicator of proper combustion, is constantly monitored.Reports of releases of phenol and cumene from a process sewer at the Facility were made to EPA in January 1999. It is possible that some released material will infiltrate into City of Philadelphia sewers. The releases may also affect the groundwater. At present, the Facility maintains its ongoing remediation projects to address infiltration of material into the City sewers.
The Facility has also implemented the interim status requirements of the Boiler and Industrial Furnace (BIF) rule since August 1991 due to the two on-site hazardous waste boilers. At present, the Facility utilizes the boilers to burn hazardous waste (mostly phenol) and has been in compliance with the triennial testing requirements since 1992. The testing requires the Facility to control emissions of regulated metals, chlorides, particulate matters and organics. The Facility conducted the testing in June 1998.
The Facility constructed a jet-grout cut off wall to act as a barrier in order to free product migration into the City Sewer in late February 2001. The Facility also proposed to use additional hydrogeologic data to assess the effectiveness of LNAPL collection trenches and sumps.
The Facility continues to operate its two boilers to burn hazardous waste under the BIF interim status until a permit decision is made by EPA.
Based on a recent BIF air release risk characterization, it determined that the potential health effect to the receptors was low. A more extensive risk assessment would be performed in accordance with the Facility’s BIF permit compliance schedule.
Based on a 2006 monitoring report, it determined that the Facility will continue site-wide apparent LNAPL thickness measurements and monitoring the LNAPL thickness within each recovery well.
RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3 with assistance from the State.
The Facility will provide press releases and other information regarding environmental matters for public review and comment if requested.
As part of the BIF permitting process, a local repository will be established for application review.
There are no institutional controls at this time.
The Facility (about 53 acres) is located in the Bridesburg Section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Immediately adjoining the Facility to the south is a densely populated residential area. A mixed residential/industrial area lies across Interstate 95 north of the Facility. A large portion of the Facility is paved and covered with buildings. The Facility is involved in the manufacturing of phenol and acetone, which are used in the manufacture of polymers, fibers, and resins.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 6 pages, 25 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 4 pages, 32 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 facility is under continued use.
- 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:Ms. Catheryn Blankenbiller (215) 814-3464.