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EPA Project Manager
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 restrict land use and groundwater use. These institutional controls are codified in two environmental covenants, which are accessible below. The final decision for the facility was issued by EPA on September 28, 2012.
Remedial activities at the facility were carried out under the Act 2 Land Recycling program, which was initiated with a Notice of Intent to Remediate in 2001. A cleanup plan was approved by PADEP in February 2008. The October 2010 Final Report summarized the remediation performed at the facility and demonstrated attainment of the Site Specific Standard. The Final Report also included institutional controls necessary to be protective of human health and the environment under the Site Specific Standard. The Final Report was approved by PADEP in December 2010. More information on the investigation and remediation of the facility can be found in the Statement of Basis, below.
The Wabtec facility is located on 35.2 acres of land nestled between Turtle Creek to the north and railroad tracks to the south in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania. The facility has manufactured railroad and mass transit braking equipment since 1890.
In 2002 the facility was divided into two lots. Thomas Real Estate Holdings purchased Lot 1, comprised of approximately 18 acres and one large building on the western portion of the property. The building is used for general warehousing to various tenants. Wabtec retained Lot 2, comprising approximately 20 acres on the eastern portion of the property and including the former Foundry Area and most of the Central Yard area.
Primary contaminants at the facility include heavy metals and chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As part of the Act 2 remedial process, a risk assessment of the facility was conducted and submitted to PADEP in October 2005. The risk assessment concluded that vapor intrusion of contamination into indoor air and direct contact with contaminated soil were potentially complete exposure pathways. Results of soil gas sampling in 2007 suggested that concentrations of chlorinated VOCs remaining in areas of soil and groundwater at the facility were below acceptable levels of risk, and post-excavation levels of lead in soil in 2009 were reduced to levels considered protective of site workers. Institutional controls have also been implemented in order to minimize exposure to remaining contamination and be protective of current and anticipated future uses of the facility.
Institutional controls prohibiting both residential land use and potable use of groundwater have been codified in environmental covenants for both lots of the facility that were recorded with the deed for each lot in February 2011.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Final Decision & Response to Comments[PDF, 2 pages, 106 KB, About ]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis[PDF, 12 pages, 2.494 MB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposure[PDF, 10 pages, 121 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination -Groundwater[PDF, 8 pages, 88 KB, About ]
- PA DEP Enviromental Coventant - Deed Restrictions for Wabtec[PDF, 11 pages, 439 KB, About ]
- PA DEP Enviromental Coventant - Deed Restrictions for Thomas Real East Holdings[PDF, 11 pages, 449 KB, About ]
- 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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Wabtec continues to use Lot 2 to manufacture pneumatic brake components and related rail and transit devices. Lot 1 has been reused since its sale in 2002 to Thomas Real Estate Holdings as a warehousing space for several 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: Griff Miller (215) 814-3407.