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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Osram Sylvania Incorporated in Warren, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

A Consent Assessment was signed by Osram and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) in March 1995. The Assessment covered the incidences of cyanide exceeding the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirement.

In November 1995, Osram and PADEP signed a Consent Assessment that covered a “milky white” substance coming from the Irvine Street storm water outfall on May 9, 1995.

In July 2000, EPA performed an Environmental Indicators visit and made a determination that no further corrective action is necessary at this time.

All manufacturing operations closed at the facility during period 2004-2006. All decommissioning work was completed in 2008. According to a 2009 PADEP Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) on-site Compliance Evaluation Inspection, the Facility was in compliance. Operations continue in the engineering and research building and the Plastics Plant.

In February 2012, EPA determined to issue the Corrective Action Complete without Controls to Osram.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Osram Sylvania Incorporated in Warren, Pennsylvania

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The Osram facility is located at 819 Lexington Avenue, in Warren, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Osram manufactures and assembles electronic pin connectors, lighting and related devices, primarily for auto parts market. The facility was formerly owned and operated by the GTE Corporation, which sold the facility and product line to Osram in February 1993. The plant has been in operation since 1956. Prior to that time the land belonged to United Refining oil refinery.  The facility is approximately 20 acres in size and is divided by Lexington Avenue. The site holds four process buildings, an engineering and research building, two drum storage areas, a wastewater treatment system, and a storage area for wastewater treatment storage. The process buildings include the Wire Plant, Plastics Plant, Specialty Metal Operation Plant, and Precious Metals Plating Building.

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Contaminants at this Facility

There are no “unacceptable” human exposures to  contaminants in concentrations in excess of
appropriate risk-based levels that can be reasonably expected under current land- and groundwater-use.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    There are no Institutional Controls at the facility.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The facility is under continued use.

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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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