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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Le Jo Enterprises Incorporated in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

The Corrective Action Final  Decision of Complete without Controls became effective October 30, 2013, after a 30-day public comment period.  No further action is required to make the Le-Jo Enterprises property suitable for any type of land use.

An Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection was conducted in September 2005 to assist in determining whether human exposures and migration of contaminated groundwater are under control at this facility.  As a result of a site visit in May 2010, both EIs were determined to be under control, as there were no significant human exposures to low levels of potentially remaining soil contamination at the facility, and groundwater was not expected to be contaminated by the facility.  EPA performed a sampling event in the vicinity of the facility’s former above-ground storage tank farm in August 2013, that showed no contamination in soil or groundwater above levels considered protective of unrestricted use.

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Site Description

Interactive map of Le Jo Enterprises Incorporated, Phoenixville PA

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Built in 1961 by Pyroxlin Products, the Facility manufactured coatings and adhesives until 2006, when production ceased.  Pierce and Stevens purchased the Facility in 1967.  From 1996 to 2006, the Facility was owned by Sovereign Specialty Chemicals.  The Facility is now owned by Le-Jo Enterprises, a manufacturer of foodservice equipment and oil lamps for foodservice and commercial use.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Primary contaminants at the facility include solvents that were used as chemical feedstocks.  Several small spills occurred at the facility over time, the majority of which were cleaned up immediately upon discovery.  Results from a focused soil and groundwater sampling performed by EPA in August 2013, suggest that no contamination above protective levels remains at the facility.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional controls were not required at the facility.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The former chemical facility is being reused by Le-Jo Enterprises to manufacture and distribute foodservice equipment and oil lamps.

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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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