Railway Maintenance Products Division
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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
- The final remedy for the facility is complete and consists of institutional controls to prohibit both residential use of the property and groundwater use beneath the facility. These institutional controls are codified in an environmental covenant, which can be accessed below. The Final Decision for the facility was issued by EPA on May 19, 2011.
- Environmental investigations and remediation began in the late 1980s at the facility, and included several soil removal efforts, in addition to regular groundwater monitoring from 1989-1998. More information on the investigation and remediation of the facility can be found in the Statement of Basis, below.
- The former Railway Maintenance facility is located on the northern bank of the Allegheny River. The property is bordered to the west by a railroad, to the south by a small industrial development, and to the north by the Penn Central Railroad and a variety of commercial enterprises. Undeveloped land and an abandoned marina border the facility to the east.
- From 1929 to 1989, the 20-acre site was used to assemble railroad maintenance equipment. Paints, thinners, and degreasers were used in the manufacturing operations. Waste produced by these operations included xylene paint liquid, paint sludge, phenol solutions, paint filters, and solvents.
- A Final Report that summarized prior remedial activities was approved by PADEP on November 30, 1998, in accordance with the provisions of the Land Recycling and Environmental Standards Act (Act 2). The facility demonstrated attainment of the Non-Residential Statewide Health Standard for groundwater
- In 1999 the facility was sold to O'Hara Hospitality Park, L.P., who leases different sections of the existing building to several commercial tenants.
- Primary contaminants at the facility included chlorinated volatile organic compounds, primarily tetrachloroethene and chlorinated ethanes. Soil cleanup efforts in the late 1980s and early 1990s removed any remaining source material, and groundwater monitoring from 1989 to 1998 demonstrated decreasing concentrations of contaminants, resulting in the attainment of the Act 2 Non-Residential Statewide Health Standard. It is likely that natural attenuation processes have continued to decrease concentrations of any remaining contamination from the facility. With the implementation of the institutional controls discussed below, it is unlikely that exposure to any remaining contamination from the facility would occur.
- An environmental covenant between PADEP and the facility was recorded in 2010 and includes institutional controls restricting land use of the property to non-residential purposes and prohibiting the use of groundwater beneath the facility.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Final Decision and Response to Comments [PDF, 2 pages, 46 KB, About ]
- Statement of Basis for Final Decision [PDF, 9 pages, 190 KB, About ]
- Enviromental Convenant - As Recorded [PDF, 9 pages, 1456 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 8 pages, 26 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 47 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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- O'Hara Hospitality Park, L.P. has reused the facility by leasing several areas of the existing building to commercial tenants.
- 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.