Berkley Products Inc
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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
Southcentral Regional Office
PADEP HSCA Project Manager
Mr. David Hrobuchak
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-8200
The first phase of cleanup at the Berkley facility is largely complete, including the excavation and off-site disposal of several areas of soil contamination. A comprehensive report on all first phase activities, including post-excavation soil and groundwater sampling data, is anticipated by the end of this year. The final phase of cleanup, including chemical and biological treatment of groundwater contamination, is anticipated to begin in 2014.
During the spring and summer of 2012, PADEP’s contractor installed one new vapor mitigation system and inspected and repaired existing vapor mitigation systems to ensure that residents living in homes in the impacted area downgradient of the facility are protected from potentially contaminated indoor air originating from vapors from contaminated groundwater beneath the impacted area.
The Berkley Products Inc. facility is located on 405 S. 7th Street in Akron, West Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Residential properties lie east and west of the facility, while residential and commercial properties lie north and south. The facility began producing custom-manufactured coatings products in 1955. In 1974, the facility started to reclaim wash solvents generated onsite and later expanded to recovery of spent solvents from offsite customers. The recovery of solvents for offsite customers reportedly ceased in 1990. Waste solvents generated at the facility at this time are those primarily found in conventional paint products and include non-chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as toluene, xylene, and methyl isobutyl ketone. These wastes are stored onsite for less than 90 days before being transported offsite or recycled onsite.
Primary contaminants at the facility include chlorinated VOCs, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and total trimethylbenzenes. Groundwater, indoor air, and subsurface soil are the media that have been contaminated; however, exposures to these media have either been mitigated or shown not to be of concern.
As part of the final remedy, institutional controls prohibiting groundwater use and limiting land use to non-residential purposes will likely be required.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [9pp, 384 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [8pp, 54 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
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- Submit a FOIA Request
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Berkley Products continues to use the facility to produce custom-manufactured coatings.