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NPL Site Narrative for Dorney Road Landfill

Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania

Federal Register Notice:  September 21, 1984

Conditions at listing (September 1983): The Dorney Road Landfill covers 37.5 acres in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, near the Lehigh County-Berks County border. The privately-owned site operated as an open dump from 1952 to 1966. From 1966 to 1978, it was leased and operated as a sanitary landfill. However, a variety of municipal and industrial waste is believed to have been buried at the site over the years. In 1980 and 1983, the State detected benzene, phenol, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, and lead in on-site monitoring wells. Pools of surface water are similarly contaminated.

Status (June 1984): The State and EPA have signed a Cooperative Agreement for a remedial investigation/feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action. Also, EPA will assess the site to determine if any immediate response is necessary.

For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.

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