Dixon Wearever Inc
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EPA Project Manager
Ms. Linda Matyskiela
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3420
- Dixon Ticonderoga (Dixon) has operated a pump and treat system on site since 1988, in compliance with the federal Corrective Action Order issued on September 29, 1988 to remediate groundwater contaminated with TCE. Dixon samples and analyzes the groundwater quality on a quarterly basis.
- The Site was purchased by Fessler USA in 2007. However, Dixon retains responsibility for the groundwater pump and treat system.
- The Dixon Ticonderoga facility has also been known as Dixon Wearever, Inc. The operations at this facility included the manufacturing and assembling of writing instruments such as pencils, fountain pens, ball point pens, and felt tip markers. Dixon Ticonderoga is the manufacturer of those famous #2 yellow pencils school children have used for years, as well as Wearever pens. The facility was previously owned and operated by David Kahn Inc. (DKI) from 1964 to 1987. Dixon, the present property owner purchased the facility in 1987 and continued to operate until 2000, when the company relocated to Mexico.
- The site includes several storage and waste disposal areas. In 1985, pursuant to PADEP's closure requirements, DKI closed two concrete lined evaporation lagoons. All the wastewater and sludge stored in the lagoons was removed and transported to an off-site facility. The lagoons were backfilled and covered with an impermeable liner, covered with soil, graded and seeded.
- In December 1988, Dixon implemented the closure plan for the effluent wastewater lagoon, including excavation and backfilling. The soils were found to meet closure standards in 2000 after post excavation sampling results confirmed that there was no contaminated soil remaining in the lagoon. Closure of the soils was certified by PADEP in 2003. Post Closure obligations remain.
- As part of the closure, DKI installed a groundwater monitoring system to evaluate impacts to the groundwater. Dixon installed a number of additional wells during closure of the effluent lagoons. Currently the system consists of 2 recovery wells and 9 monitoring wells. VOCs were found in the groundwater at concentrations above acceptable levels. The pump and treat system utilizes 1 primary recovery well and a back-up recovery well connected to a charcoal carbon unit, which strips off the VOCs. The remediated groundwater is then discharged into a surface stream.
- Primary concern at the facility is groundwater contaminated with TCE.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 10 pages, 80 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 82 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
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- The site is being reused.
- 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: Ms. Linda Matyskiela (215) 814-3420.