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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Fulton Financial Realty Company (Formerly: Lancaster Metals Science Corporation) in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

Historical groundwater sampling data collected from 1988 to 1995 suggested that natural attenuation, predominantly bioremediation, is the likely mechanism for the reduction of groundwater plume size and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) concentration levels. The primary contaminants in groundwater at the facility are low levels trichloroethylene (TCE), Vinyl Chloride, and 1,2-Dichloroethylene.

To confirm that natural attenuation is a viable remedy, Fulton conducted a study that consisted of four consecutive quarterly groundwater sampling of VOCs levels and the geochemical and microbiological parameters that are necessary for bioremediation. Results of the study concluded that natural attenuation is a feasible approach to groundwater remediation and migration control. Since 1997, annual groundwater monitoring confirms that through natural attenuation that the groundwater plume size and VOCs concentrations have reduced significantly. The facility will continue to monitor the groundwater annually to ensure that natural attenuation continues to effectively remediate the groundwater.

In addition to annual groundwater monitoring, Fulton installed a passive sump discharge treatment system to collect TCE-contaminated groundwater from the boiler room sump. The contaminated groundwater is treated through two canisters of granulated-activated carbon prior to discharge into the storm drain.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Fulton Financial Realty Company, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania


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The Facility is located at 1695 State Street (400 feet north of Route 722) in East Petersburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is approximately 18 acres in size. From the early 1950s to 1977, the Hamilton Watch Company operated a photochemical etching and fuse assembly business at this Facility. From 1977 to 1984, Lancaster Metal Science Corporation (LMS) operated a photochemical etching business. In 1979, Lancaster Industrial Development Authority acquired the property and entered into an Installment Sale Agreement with Fulton Financial Corporation. Fulton Financial Realty Company (Fulton), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fulton Financial Corporation, is the present owner and the sole operator of the Facility. Fulton Financial Realty presently uses the Facility as administrative offices.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Primary contaminants in groundwater at the facility are low levels TCE, Vinyl Chloride, and 1,2-Dichloroethylene.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional /Engineering Control Summary
Restrictions or Controls that Address: Yes No
Groundwater Use
X
 
Residential Use
X
 
Excavation
 
X
Vapor Intrusion
 
X
Capped Area(s)
 
X
Other Engineering Controls
X
 
Other Restrictions
 
X

Institutional Controls at the facility include land use and groundwater use restrictions. Land use at the site is limited to non-residential use. Any proposed changes in land use beyond the current designated non-residential use will require the approval of EPA and must meet the required cleanup standards for the specific land use. There is no groundwater use at the property. The property is connected to public water for potable purposes. Currently, the legal instruments that enforce ICs at the facility are the EPA Order and the local ordinances.

Engineering Controls (ECs) encompass a variety of engineered and constructed physical barriers (e.g., soil cap, subsurface venting systems, fences, groundwater pump and treat) to contain and/or prevent exposure to contamination. ECs implemented at the site include groundwater monitoring and remediation of the VOCs plume. Fulton will continue to monitor the groundwater to ensure that the implemented corrective action effectively remediates and controls the groundwater plume. Furthermore, Fulton will continue to submit progress reports every 13 months to EPA that assess the effectiveness of the implemented remedies and to ensure to that the remedies continue to meet the requirements of protection of human health and the environment.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The site is being reused.

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Site Responsibility at this Facility

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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