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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 19103-202
Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
Mr. David Ryan
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Phone: (570) 826-5449
- After prior removals of hazardous wastes and contaminated soils and several groundwater investigations at the former Chain Bike facility, the final remedy is complete and consists of institutional controls to eliminate exposures to any contamination remaining on-site. These controls require restrictions on groundwater use within the non-use aquifer designated by a municipal ordinance (Hanover Township Ordinance No.494, Bill No.2009-03) and deed notices (Document ID 7392402, Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds) on the Main Plant area barring residential or residential-type land uses of the Facility property and prohibiting groundwater use. A map of these institutional controls can be viewed at the following Interactive Google Maps website:
- The Facility received a release of liability from PADEP through Pennsylvania's Act 2 program on September 29, 2009. EPA's Final Decision of Corrective Action Complete with Controls for the Facility became effective February 3, 2010.
- Constructed in 1969, the former 41 acre Chain Bike facility (also known as Ross Bicycles, Inc.) manufactured bicycles and metal ammunition boxes from 1970 until approximately 1987. Manufacturing processes during this period included metal electroplating, electrostatic spray painting, metal stamping, finishing, assembly, and warehousing. The Facility ceased these operations in 1988, but was purchased by Conewago Equities, LP for use as a warehouse. First Industrial Realty Trust bought the Facility from Conewago in 2007. The Facility presently houses several tenants.
- Primary contaminants at the Facility included chromium in soil and groundwater and trichloroethene (TCE) in groundwater. As a volatile organic compound, TCE has the potential to migrate from groundwater in the vapor phase and impact indoor air quality. EPA terms this phenomenon "vapor intrusion" and all RCRA cleanups require an evaluation of this pathway. At the Chain Bike Facility, the thickness of the soil layer, the depth to groundwater and low TCE levels effectively eliminate the potential for vapor intrusion into buildings on the Facility or in its vicinity. Other potential exposures to Facility contaminants have been eliminated by requiring institutional controls that prohibit groundwater use and restrict the Facility property to non-residential purposes.
- Municipal Ordinance identifying non-use aquifer area and groundwater restrictions within this area (Hanover Township Ordinance No.494, Bill No.2009-03)
- Deed notices for Main Plant area barring residential/residential-type land uses and prohibiting groundwater use (Document ID 7392402, Lehigh County Recorder of Deeds)
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- EPA Corrective Action Final Decision and Response to Comments [2pp, 34 KB, About PDF]
- Chain Bike Corp Statement of Basis [ 9pp, 392 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [50pp, 21 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [5pp, 24 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.
|Chain Bike Facility Site||Chain Bike Facility GeoSpatial PDF Map [PDF, 1123 KB, 1 page, About PDF]|
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- The facility is being reused[1pp, 773 KB, about pdf]. and houses several commercial tenants. This reuse resulted in more than 100 new jobs for the Lehigh Valley.
- 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