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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Johnson Matthey - W. Whiteland Site in West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) visited the facility and met with company representatives on August 21, 2002.  EPA is reviewing existing environmental information to determine if further investigation is required.  EPA will focus first on the health and groundwater impacts, if any, presented by the facility.  Once EPA completes this review process, an environmental indicator determination will be prepared and posted to this website. 

On September 25, 2018, EPA determined that Environmental Indicators for Human Exposures and Groundwater Migration were under control.


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Site Description

Interactive Map of Johnson Matthey - W. Whiteland Site, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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The facility is located at 1401 King Road in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  The surrounding property to the north is industrial; to the south and east are wooded lots; and to the west are a field and wooded lot.  The site appears to be situated in a primarily residential area.  The approximately 20-acres site conducts production operations involving various forms of several precious metals.  Johnson Matthey began operations at the site in 1971.  Wastes produced at the facility included spent trichloroethene, acid wastes, waste caustic, spent plating baths, and various laboratory wastes.  In 1997, the facility eliminated the use of trichloroethene.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Contaminants of concernt are trichloroethene, acid wastes, waste caustic, spent plating solvents, and various laboratory wastes.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional controls, if required, will be determined at the time of remedy selection.

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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.

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