Handy & Harman Tube Co. Inc.
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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
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Mr. C. David Brown, PG
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (484) 250-5796
- Corrective Action Status:
Corrective Action Underway
- Human Exposure Controls: TBA
- Ground Water Controls: TBA
Trichloroethylene (TCE) impacts to the bedrock aquifer were first discovered in 1979.
EPA visited the facility and met with company representatives on October 17, 2006 to focus on two interim Environmental Indicators. In December 2006, EPA determined that both Environmental Indicators were not under control.
In May 2007, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) received a notice of intent to remediate (NIR) under Act 2 Statewide Health Standard.
In January 2012, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) received a site characterization report and a cleanup plan. The report gave a thorough review because of the significant TCE contamination in the drinking water aquifer and the unnamed tributary to Stony Creek. However, the report was not required under Act 2’s Statewide Health Standard, so PADEP was neither approving nor disapproving it.
In April 2012, PADEP informed the facility additional characterization work was required.
The Facility is currently in the process of entering the One Cleanup Program. EPA and PADEP will be conducting a site visit in 2014 before the facility enters the One Cleanup Program.
Handy & Harman is located at 701 West Township Road, at the intersection of West Township Road and Whitehall Road in East Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Township Line Road borders the facility to the northeast while Whitehall Road borders the facility to the southeast. The properties to the north Handy & Harman is located at 701 West Township Road, at the intersection of West Township Road and and east of the facility are commercial while the majority of the properties to the west and south of the facility are residential. Stony Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill River, runs approximately 500 feet to the northwest and 3,000 feet to the southeast of the facility. Stony Creek empties into the Schuylkill River about five miles downstream of the facility.
During operations, the facility manufactured small-diameter stainless steel, nickel alloy, carbon, and low-alloy steel tubing for use in medical and pharmaceutical applications, instrumentation, aircraft and automotive hydraulic lines, and appliances. However, the facility operations were discontinued in 2006. The operations that occured during manufacturing were cold drawing, degreasing, annealing, and pickling of the steel tubing. The degreasing process involved trichloroethylene (TCE) solvent and the cold drawing process uses chlorinated drawing compounds. The facility has also been considered a major facility as defined in 25 PA Code § 121.1, because the facility exceeded the emission limits for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and TCE. The facility has been in operation since 1948 and was acquired by Handy & Harman in 1958. Degreasing operations were scheduled to be discontinued in 2006.
Primary contaminants of concern at the facility are Trichloroethylene (TCE) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) .
- 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 facility's future use is yet to be determined.