Watco Mechancial Services
(Formerly: Millennium Rail Inc. , Berwind)
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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) 814-3455
- The State, EPA and EPA's contractor (URS) conducted an Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection at this facility to on August 1, 2006.
- At a January 24, 2007 meeting, EPA and Millennium agreed that current groundwater data near the former impoundments was necessary. These sampling results would be used to determine if the former impoundments were having any effect on groundwater or surface water. Millennium agreed to install and sample three temporary low flow wells between the former lagoons and Brush Run. The groundwater samples were analyzed for volatile organic compounds (VOC's), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOC's), pesticides/PCB's, and RCRA metals. In addition Millennium had the well contractor close and cap off well MW-1, which was in poor condition and could have provided a direct conduit to the underlying aquifer.
- Chemical analysis of the groundwater samples collected from the three temporary wells revealed only minor concentrations of metals, and one hit of a VOC. Barium was detected in all three samples at concentrations ranging from 90 to 93 ppb. The Act 2 screening level for Barium is 2000 ppb, SDWA levels for Barium are 7300 ppb, and EPA RBC screening levels for Barium are also 7300 ppb. Barium is commonly detected in geologic formations like those found under and around this location. One well had a hit for Acetone of 5ppb, which is well below the Act 2 screening level of 3,700 ppb, and EPA RBC levels of 22,000 ppb, and there is no SDWA level for Acetone. Acetone is a common laboratory artifact, which may have been caused by inadvertent contamination during sample handling at the lab. There were no detections in any of the samples of SVOCs, pesticides, or PCBs. No groundwater sample concentrations exceeded SDWA, RBC, or PADEP Act 2 levels. After reviewing the sample results from the three temporary wells it appears that the former lagoons are not having an adverse effect on the groundwater or Brush Run.
- On October 2, 2006, and October 10, 2009 respectively, EPA determined that both the Human Exposures and Groundwater Environmental Indicators have been met.
- EPA published in a notice, in local newspaper detailing the proposed Agency decision of no further corrective action, and issued a Final Determination of Corrective Action Complete without controls on March 5, 2009. No further corrective action is required at this time at the Millennium Rail, Hollidaysburg facility.
- This facility is one of EPA Region III's high priority RCRA corrective action sites. RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are being conducted under the direction of EPA Region III with assistance from the State. There are no institutional controls at this time.
- In 2009 , the EPA determined that both the Human Exposures Control and Groundwater Environmental Indicators have been met.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 8 pages, 173 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 11 pages, 235 KB, About PDF]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 5 pages, 34 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 facility is under continued use.
- 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: Grant Dufficy (215) 814-3455.