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NPL Site Narrative for Bendix Flight Systems Division

Bridgewater Township, Pennsylvania

Federal Register Notice:  July 22, 1987

Conditions at proposal (September 18, 1985): Bendix Flight Systems Division manufactures aircraft instruments on a 40-acre site in Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. From 1952 to 1978, solvent wastes were dumped onto the ground on the property.

A consultant to Bendix has studied the site and submitted a remedial plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER). According to the consultant's study, the principal sources of contamination appear to be a trichloroethylene storage tank area and a pit/trench used for disposal. Other potential contributors are the former distillation facility and an old landfill.

On-site soils contain significant levels of several volatile organic solvents which have contaminated 11 off-site residential wells, according to tests conducted by the consultant. About 1,400 people draw drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site. Bendix has installed filters on water lines to residents with contaminated wells and has also studied local geological conditions, installed monitoring wells, and prepared a plan for cleaning up contaminated soil and ground water.

Status (July 22, 1987): PA DER is negotiating a Consent Order and Agreement with Bendix Flight Systems Division to conduct 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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