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EPA Project Manager
Kevin Bilash - 3LC30
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-2796
Currently, the RCRA Corrective Action (CA) information is summarized in the Final Environmental Indicator Inspection Report dated September 2009. EPA has discussed the conclusions of the report with PADEP and the Facility. EPA and the Facility discussed what Institutional Controls (ICs) are in place regarding the remaining SWMUs discussed below.
After determining that no ICs exist, the Facility began working on an environmental covenant to implement land and groundwater use restrictions to prevent exposure to residual contamination that exists. EPA expects to propose a determination of corrective action complete with controls relying on this new IC and continuation of the PADEPs monitoring requirements under an existing PADER approved 1994 Post-Closure Plan.
- Module #1 – Vault #1 with Sedimentation Pond #1(SWMU #1) and the Sludge Storage Area (SWMU #2);
- Module #2 – Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Area (SWMU #3), the proposed Vault #2 Area (SWMU #4) and Vault #3 with Sedimentation Pond #3 (SWMU #5)
- Module #3 – IBM Stabilized Sludge Area (SWMU #6), the McGraw Edison Storage Pad (SWMU #7)
- Module #4 – Drum Storage Barns (SWMU #8)
The Facility is situated on approximately 192 acres of land located in New Milford Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Ten acres of the total 192 acres located in the north central portion of the property were utilized for waste disposal, storage or processing. The facility is characterized as a rolling upland with open fields in the upland area which are bordered by hardwood and conifers. Land in the surrounding area consists of overgrown grasses and scrub brush. The steeper slopes on the Site are forested. The surface topography in the disposal areas generally exhibits slopes of less than 11 percent and surface drainage from these areas is to the southeast to an unnamed tributary of Meylert Creek. There is overland flow of water during precipitation events to the northwest of the landfill site to an unnamed tributary of Martins Creek.
The entire Facility is surrounded by a 6-foot, chain-link fence which is gated at the entrance. The north, east, and south portions of the property are bounded by forested land. Access to the property is limited to a single, unimproved dirt road located along the western boundary.
The Site was developed in the mid-1970’s as a lined Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Area. At that time municipal waste was deposited into a 410 feet by 200 feet area with a leachate collection system. Industrial waste began to be deposited on-site in the third quarter 1979 and by the end of 1979 the Facility began accepting industrial wastes exclusively. The Facility applied as a hazardous waste facility in November 1980 as a result of the corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity of the disposed waste. The areas where wastes were disposed and/or stored during operation of the Facility have been identified as modules and SWMUs.
Industrial waste disposal ceased on March 31, 1981, under an order by PADER. A response action carried out at the industrial waste storage and disposal areas during the summer of 1982 included the removal of all drummed waste (over 6,800 drums) located in two storage barns; 9,500 tons of stored sludge and contaminated soil; 165,600 gallons of water from two sedimentation ponds and two leachate tanks. Additional cover material was applied to the disposal vaults and the sanitary cell. As part of a September 4, 1981 PADER order, SWMU #1 and SWMU #5 were removed and shipped to an approved out-of-state hazardous waste landfill during the mid-1980’s. SWMU #4 was proposed and never constructed. Wastes and soil from SWMU #2, SWMU #7, and SWMU #8 were removed in 1981 and 1982. The two remaining SWMUs (SWMU #3 and SWMU #6) are being closed accordance with the PADER approved 1994 Post-Closure Plan.
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 10 pages, 632 KB, About PDF ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 6 pages, 87 KB, About PDF ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 64 KB, AboutPDF]
- 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
(215) ) 814-2796
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
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is under continued use.
For more information about EPA's corrective action webpage, including Environmental Indicators, please visit our site at: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/correctiveaction.htm