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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Black and Decker Incorporated in Allentown, Pennsylvania

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    Cleanup Status

    This facility is one of EPA Region III’s high priority Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action sites. In the next ten (10) months the State, EPA and/or EPA’s contractor will be conducting an Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection at this facility to determine if RCRA Corrective Action is necessary. 

    EPA and the State will be discussing the possibility of the State conducting this inspection as part of EPA’s work share program.  After the inspection is completed the data gathered will be evaluated.  If releases are identified, it will determine whether or not a facility investigation or any clean-up measures are necessary to protect human health and the environment. 



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    Site Description

    Interactive map of Black and Decker Incorporated, Allentown, PA

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     The  260,000 square foot Black & Decker plant  located on 15 acres closed in 1985 and was reoccupied by the Queen City Business Center and currently is being redeveloped. 

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    The groundwater was found to be contaminated with Trichloroethene (TCE), Tetrachloroethene (PCE), Vinyl Chloride, and cis-1,2-Dichloroethene.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

      Institutional controls are not required at this time.

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      Land Reuse Information at this Facility

       The facility is being reused.

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      Site Responsibility at this Facility

      RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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