Penn Dye & Finishing Plant
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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
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Northeast Region – Bethlehem District Office
PADEP Project Manager
Mr. Bharat N. Bham
4530 Bath Pike, Route 512
Bethlehem, PA 18017-9044
Phone: (610) 861-2156
A public notice has been posted with comment period ending September 28, 2015.
The alternative remedial measure of an aeration system in lieu of the carbon adsorption system to further reduce the low levels of remaining groundwater contamination beneath the facility was approved in May 2012. Results from a 6-month pilot study of the aeration system demonstrated that the performance of the system (i.e., chlorinated volatile organic removal efficiency) is comparable to the removal efficiency of the carbon adsorption system.
The permanent shutdown of the soil vapor extraction system was approved in September 2011 after a temporary shutdown and soil sampling event demonstrated that the system had adequately remediated soils in the source area beneath the facility.
One of the few remaining corrective action obligations for the facility - the characterization of sediments in the water reservoir - is anticipated to occur in mid-2013.
Since 1960, Gold Mills has operated a synthetic fabric dyeing and finishing facility on the banks of Swatara Creek at the intersection of Penn Dye Street and Tulpehocken Street in Pine Grove Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Guilford Mills, of Greensboro, North Carolina, bought the facility in 1986, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary. Guilford Mills was acquired by the Lear Corporation in May 2012; however, Guilford Mills remains the legal owner and operator of the facility. Tanneries operated at the site prior to 1960.
The main contaminants at the Facility are tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and 1,1,1- trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA). The most significant pathway for human exposure or ecological effects would be through off-site migration of contaminated groundwater. However, continued groundwater pumping is preventing contaminants from leaving the site.
Institutional controls such as groundwater restrictions or land use restrictions will likely be necessary as part of the final remedy.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [ 17 pp, 452 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [6pp, 23 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [8pp, 31 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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Guilford Mills continues to use the property for fabric finishing and dyeing.