Ethyl Capitol Products Corp
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EPA Project Manager
Kevin Bilash - 3LC30
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-2796
PADEP Project Manager
PA DEP - Southcentral Regional Office
Waste Management Program
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 705-4919
The former facility is currently occupied by a shopping center complex that includes Home Depot, Circuit City, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and other commercial entities along Carlisle Pike. To facilitate the redevelopment of the property, the facility structures were demolished in 1994. A cleanup was performed under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Consent Order & Agreement (Order).EPA received an Environmental Indicator Inspection Report in 2009. Upon initial review, EPA intends to propose a Corrective Action decision of complete while relying on the current facility use and institutional and engineering controls. EPA does, however, anticipate a need to require additional ICs beyond the groundwater use restriction which was required under the Order
Capitol was an extruded aluminum products manufacturer in Mechanicsburg, PA that operated between 1956 and 1991. Capitol fabricated aluminum windows, doors, light fixtures, and other products by melting scrap aluminum and casting the metal into billets, extruding the billets, cleaning and anodizing their surfaces, and painting the finished metal at the 6034 Carlisle Pike facility in Cumberland County. The facility’s buildings occupied 650,000 square feet of property, the majority of which was dedicated to the construction of final aluminum products. The property, approximately 45 acres, is bordered by U.S. Route 11 to the north, Overnite Transportation Company/UPS Freight on the west, the United States Navy Ship Parts Control Center (NSPCC) to the south and southeast, and Brandywine Group on the east (Appendix B – Site Location Map).
Capitol owned the site from 1956 until it sold the property to Olympic Realty and Development Corporation in 1995. Prior to 1956, several families owned the properties that became Capitol. Activities on the properties prior to 1956 are unknown. Ethyl Corporation obtained a controlling interest in Capitol Products in 1969. Tredegar Industries (now Tredegar Corporation), headquartered in Richmond, VA, became the sole shareholder of Capitol in July 1989 when Ethyl Corporation spun off its plastic and aluminum businesses, including Capitol. Due to continuous business deterioration, the Capitol facility closed in February 1991 and the property was marketed for sale.
On behalf of Tredegar, R.E. Wright Associates, which was later acquired by SAIC, evaluated the environmental integrity of the property as part of the facility shut-down plan (report dated March of 1993). Subsequently, SAIC completed numerous extensive environmental investigation, remediation, and monitoring projects at the facility. Historically, benzene, 1,1-dichloroethene (DCE), 1,2-DCE, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and vinyl chloride have been detected above their respective maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in select wells.
Contaminants of concern are benzene, 1,1-dichloroethene (DCE), 1,2-DCE, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and vinyl chloride have been detected above their respective maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in select wells..
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 8 pages, 87 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 64 KB, AboutPDF]
- 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
(215) ) 814-2796
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- Submit a FOIA Request
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Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
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For more information about EPA's corrective action webpage, including Environmental Indicators, please visit our site at: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/correctiveaction.htm