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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
Phone: (215) 814-3407
PA Project Manager
Ms. Kristie Shimko
PA Department of Environmental Protection
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-332-6189 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- An interim measure has been constructed that should greatly reduce the amount of free phase material that migrates to the south branch of Bear Creek by inhibiting the infiltration of contaminated groundwater underneath the creek.
- The December 2009 Remedial Investigation Report submitted under Pennsylvania's Act 2 Program was put on hold in June 2010 due to several deficiencies that needed to be addressed. A revised investigation is anticipated to be submitted in early 2012.
- The public water supply for the sixty-square-mile area known as the Bear Creek Area Chemical Site was essentially complete by 2007 and is providing potable water to residents and others who may be potentially affected by groundwater contamination from the INDSPEC facility and other facilities and disposal sites in the area.
- The facility is located in Petrolia Borough, Butler County, Pennsylvania. The facility is comprised of two attached tracts of land, Tract 1 and Tract 2. Tract 1 is an unimproved parcel of approximately 56 acres owned by Beazer. Tract 2, owned by INDSPEC, occupies approximately 263 acres. Due to this ownership status, the facility has also been referred to as the "Beazer/INDSPEC Properties". Tract 2 includes the INDSPEC Chemical Corporation plant, the site of a resorcinol manufacturing operation. Resorcinol is a chemical used primarily as an adhesive to bond rubber to steel belts/cords in the manufacturing of tires and is also used in the pharmaceutical industry. The previous owner/operator of the facility was the Koppers Company, Inc., which was subsequently purchased by Beazer East, Inc. Manufacturing operations started on the property in approximately 1929.
- Primary contaminants at the facility include resorcinol, sulfonic acids, benzene, and lead. Soil, groundwater, and surface water are the primary media impacted by the contaminants; however, the only potential exposure pathway to facility contamination is through surface water since groundwater is not used as a potable water source in the area and areas of soil contamination are covered by pavement or other physical barriers. Several ecological studies of the south branch of Bear Creek spanning the facility have shown that contaminants from the facility have no significant impact on aquatic health. .
- It is likely that institutional controls restricting groundwater and land use will be required as a component of the final remedy for the facility.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 11 pages, 158 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 12 pages, 46 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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- INDSPEC continues to use the facility to manufacture resorcinol and resorcinol-based derivatives .
- 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: Mr. Griff Miller (215) 814-3407.