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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Honeywell International (Aka: Honeywell Speciality Films) in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

The Facility had used acetone stored in an aboveground storage tank (AST) . In November 2003, approximately 764 gallons of acetone were released into the subsurface from the underground transfer line leading to the process building.  In August 2014, Corrective Action Remedies were complete with controls that requires groundwater at the Facility is monitored natural  attenuation in concert with the implementation and maintenance of groundwater use restrictions for as long as acetone concentrations in the groundwater measure above 14,000 ug/1.  Also groundwater use is restricted to non-potable uses.

PADEP visited the facility and met with company representatives on March 25, 2009. On March 14, 2012, EPA determined that the Human Health Exposures Environmental Indicator and Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Environmental Indicator have been met.

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Site Description

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The facility is located in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  The facility comprises of 27 acres and includes a 200,000 square-foot of manufacturing, warehouse, and office space.  Immediate surroundings of the facility consist of residential areas to the north, commercial operations to the south, and undeveloped wooded areas towards the east.  The facility manufactures fluoropolymer film for the pharmaceutical industry and nylon film for the food industry.  Soil remediation was completed at the facility following a leak in an underground transfer line of acetone in 2003.  Groundwater investigations were conducted.  In January 2006, PADEP acknowledged that the facility had demonstrated attainment of site-specific standards of remediation under Act 2, accompanied by a deed acknowledgement.  The facility executed a Notice and Land Use Restriction on June 11, 2007, specifying the future responsibilities to ensure that the site-specific pathway elimination for exposure to contaminated soil and groundwater continues to be maintained.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Acetone in groundwater is the contaminant of concern. 

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Institutional controls restrict use of groundwater to non-potable uses and require monitoring of groundwater.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The site's future use is yet to be determined.

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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  with assistance from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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