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EPA Selects Final Cleanup Decision for Marjol Battery Site

Release Date: 12/4/2000
Contact Information: Ruth Wuenschel, (215) 814-5540 or Joan Schafer, (215) 814-5143

Ruth Wuenschel, (215) 814-5540 or Joan Schafer, (215) 814-5143

THROOP, Pa. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, today announced its final decision for the permanent cleanup of the lead-contaminated Marjol Battery Site here, once operated by Marjol Battery and Equipment Co., and now owned by Gould Electronics, Inc.

The final remedy, estimated at approximately $14 million to $24 million, includes 1) the excavation of contaminated soil and battery casings from the northern portion of the site, 2) consolidation of this material on-site, and 3) the construction of a 10-acre cap. In addition, approximately the top five feet of soil and waste will be treated to create a stabilized layer beneath the cap. Finally, any waste materials that do not fit beneath the cap will be removed for off-site disposal.

“The selection of this final remedy is a major step forward in reaching a final cleanup of this site,” said Bradley Campbell, EPA regional administrator. “After reviewing all the cleanup options discussed during the comment period, including off-site removal, I am confident EPA has chosen the remedy most protective of human health and the environment. I recognize the deep level of concern regarding this cleanup shown by residents and community officials over the years. It has been a complex process, but I believe this decision, with strong science as its backbone, is the safest and most permanent solution for protecting the health and safety of all the people living in or around Throop.”

In addition to soil excavation and capping, EPA’s cleanup plan calls for the excavation of contaminated soils in the North Woods area and wooded areas adjacent to the Woodlawn Street playground. There will also be institutional controls put in place, such as land use restrictions, title notices, and proprietary controls, to ensure that the cap’s protectiveness is maintained. EPA will also require an inspection and maintenance program to monitor the long-term effectiveness of the entire cleanup plan.

EPA expects the cleanup work to begin after negotiations with Gould Electronics, Inc., are completed, a consent order is signed by EPA and Gould Electronics, Inc., and the design of the remedy is finalized.

EPA held a public hearing in Throop on January 11, 2000 to accept comments during a public comment period that ended on January 18, 2000. Copies of the cleanup decision and EPA’s response to comments, together with the supporting Administrative Record, are available for public review at the Throop Municipal Building located at
436 Sanderson Street in Throop, Pa.