Baldwin Hardware Corporation
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EPA Project Manager
Ms. Linda Matyskiela
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3420
- The status of the site remains unchanged since 1988. A Final Remedy was determined in 1987 and construction completed on the groundwater pump and treat system in 1988. EPA requires quarterly groundwater monitoring to confirm that the pump and treat system is operational and effective in keeping the contamination on-site. The on-site groundwater is used only in the manufacturing process, not as a source of drinking water.
- The Baldwin Hardware Corporation is primarily involved in the manufacturing of solid brass mortise locks, forged materials and bathroom and desk accessories. Historically, plant operations included electroplating, polishing and lacquer clear coating.
- Baldwin has acknowledged groundwater contamination at their facility. The main constituents of the contamination are halogenated hydrocarbons, primarily trichloroethylene and its associated degradation products. The groundwater contamination is a result of the past usage of two unlined surface impoundments, in which electroplating wastewater treatment sludge were stored. The two surface impoundments have been excavated, backfilled, certified closed and built upon (construction ended in 1987). The work took place under the regulatory supervision of the PADER (predecessor to PADEP), Southeast Regional Office.
- In 1984, groundwater contamination was found via the groundwater monitoring well network approved by PADER for closure of the surface impoundments. In 1987, EPA issued an Administrative Order on Consent [3008(h) Order] to the facility for groundwater remediation. A groundwater remediation system was installed in 1988. Contaminated groundwater is pumped by 3 recovery wells at a rate of 300 gallons per minute, and is treated by an air stripper, which removes the organic contaminants. Some of the treated groundwater is used as non-contact cooling water in the manufacturing plant and is discharged under a NPDES permit to a tributary of the Schuylkill River. Excess treated groundwater is pumped to a wet-well that discharges under the NPDES permit.
- The main constituents of the contamination are halogenated hydrocarbons, primarily trichloroethylene and its associated degradation products.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pages, 29 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 9 pages, 26 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 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. Linda Matyskiela (215) 814-3420.