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Franklin Slag Pile

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Site Description

Franklin Slag Pile is a covered slag pile on a 3 acre property in Philadelphia, PA. The pile consists of an estimated 68,000 cubic yards of slag with high levels of lead. The slag was generated as a byproduct from a neighboring copper smelter that no longer operates. The slag was sold for sandblasting and asphalt shingles from the 1950s to 1999.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • From January through October 2000, EPA conducted an emergency removal action which consisted of shipping slag and soil off-site for proper disposal; cleaning and dismantling equipment, buildings and structures; transporting fuels and oils off-site for proper safe reuse; covering the slag pile with a thick plastic cover; and fencing the entire property.
  • In all, EPA removed over 12,000 tons of contaminated soil and slag, 246 tons of hazardous debris, and 20 tons of bagged slag.
  • In September 2002, EPA added the site to the National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in the country.
  • EPA is currently conducting a RI/FS at the site.

Current Funding Status

  • In 2000 EPA spent approximately $4 million for the Removal Action at this site.
  • The EPA has determined that the site does not pose an immediate threat to human health, and will continue to monitor this site for any changes that may trigger additional action. The EPA will consider funding new work at this site in Fiscal Year 2005.
  • The site was still in the RI/FS stage, and not ready to begin construction in Fiscal Year 2004.

For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Franklin Slag Pile Fact Sheet on the Region 3 Superfund Web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • Covered the slag pile with a thick plastic cover which prevents the release of the slag, protecting the community.
  • Completing a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to select a permanent cleanup for the site.


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