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NPL Site Narrative for Westinghouse Elevator Co. Plant

Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania

Federal Register Notice:  June 10, 1986

Conditions at proposal (October 15, 1984): Westinghouse Elevator Co. manufactures elevators on an 85-acre site in Cumberland Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. The manufacturing procedure involves paint and degreasing using chlorinated solvents. In August 1983, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER) detected trichloroethylene (TCE) in nearby surface water. Further investigation by the State and EPA found that private wells were also contaminated.

Under a CERCLA Section 106 order issued by EPA, Westinghouse supplied 15 homes along Route 34 with an alternate water supply and initiated a hydrogeological study of the site to determine the extent of the contamination and cleanup alternatives.

Status (June 10, 1986): In January 1985, EPA and PA DER signed a multisite cooperative agreement which provides CERCLA funds to the State for various sites, including Westinghouse Elevator Co. Plant. The funds are to start work on a remedial investigation/feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action.

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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