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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: PPG Industries Incorporated (Research and Development Center) in Springdale, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

On July 1999, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) conducted a site visit. The visit consisted of a facility tour and information gathering to assess the current status of the Facility. No obvious areas of concern were identified during the visit.

After an extensive review of existing information and the site visit, EPA determined that there is no unacceptable human exposure to contamination nor is there any evidence of groundwater contamination caused by the Facility. Furthermore, EPA concludes that there have been no past or current releases that warrant further investigation or corrective action at this Facility at this time. On July 2000, EPA issued a Final Determination that no further corrective actions are necessary at the Facility at this time.

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Site Description

Interactive map of PPG Industries Incorporated (R & D Center), Springdale, PA

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PPG Industries, Inc. is a global manufacturer of chemicals, coatings and resins, glass and fiberglass. The PPG Research and Development (R&D) Center facility is adjacent to the manufacturing facility and together the two facilities occupy approximately 26 acres. The Springdale R&D Center operations started in 1954. The Development Center pilot plant was opened in 1958 to produce larger scale batches of resins developed in the lab, prior to full-scale commercialization. The pilot plant is located behind the research center. The PPG Springdale R&D Center invents and develops formulations for coatings and resin products and provides the ability to scale up resin production. A number of the raw materials and products used at the R&D Center are flammable, thus, safe handling of raw materials is integral to the R&D process. Handling of hazardous waste is consistent with the care taken with process materials.

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Contaminants at this Facility

The EPA determined that there is no unacceptable human exposure to contamination nor is there any evidence of groundwater contamination caused by the Facility. Furthermore, EPA concludes that there have been no past or current releases that warrant further investigation or corrective action.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional controls were not required.

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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

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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