Amphenol/Franklin Power Products in Franklin, Ind.
January 21, 2020 Snapshot
Last summer and fall, EPA posted frequent updates during construction of the sewer and soil remedy to keep the larger community informed about progress and residents within the construction zone notified of potential interruptions to their routines.
Until the next period of frequent activity, EPA will update the web page only intermittently.
Sewer and Soil Remedy
On December 23, 2019, Amphenol completed the sewer and soil remedy. 2600 linear feet of sewer were lined or replaced; manholes were also lined. Additionally, an old sewer line and surrounding contaminated soil were removed on the former Amphenol property. 6,740 tons of old pipe and soil were sent to a landfill for disposal and containment between August and December 2019.
In the spring, Amphenol will complete street and right-of-way restoration by paving the streets with the final top coat of asphalt and sowing additional grass seed.
December 5, 2019 Snapshot
Sewer Line and Soil Remedy
Open House December 3, 2019
Approximately 75 people attended EPA’s open house at the Johnson County Library-Franklin Branch on December 3. IDEM also participated.
Sewer and Soil Remedy
On December 4, 2019, Amphenol completed lining 1300 feet of sewers in the neighborhood south of its former facility. In approximately two weeks, additional manholes will be lined and the project will be complete.
An additional 1300 feet of sewer line was replaced and 4600 tons of soil were sent to a landfill between August 26 and November 9, 2019.
Re-paving with the first two base coats of asphalt on North Forsythe Street and Hamilton Avenue is completed. The driveway aprons of several homes were also replaced. The final top coat of asphalt will be laid down in the Spring of 2020. Portions of yards and road right-of-way areas where the grass was stripped away, will be covered with mulch and reseeded. A final application of grass seed will be done in the Spring.
Pilot Study to Treat Contaminated Groundwater
During the week of November 22, 2019, Amphenol collected the first round of groundwater samples for the pilot ground water treatment study. In October, a liquid mixture of carbon and iron was gently pumped into the ground through pipes in two places within the Amphenol study area. Groundwater around these two places will be sampled monthly until enough data are available to assess the performance of the treatment test.
- November 18 - December 6, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- November 4 - November 16, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- October 21 - November 2, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- October 7 - 19, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- September 23 - October 5, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- September 8 – 21, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
- August 26 – September 7, 2019 Sewer Excavation Progress Summary
Franklin Power Products, Inc. and Amphenol Corp. conducted an environmental investigation and cleanup at their former Franklin, Ind. industrial facility under two Administrative Consent Orders issued by EPA’s RCRA Corrective Action program in 1990 and 1998.
EPA determined that a former owner and operator, Bendix Corp., released volitile organic compounds and other chemicals into the environment, including into on-site sewers which transported the contamination outside the property boundaries to the neighborhood south of the facility, prior to 1983.
The EPA’s orders required Franklin Power Products and Amphenol to investigate the releases of VOCs, including known carcinogens, to determine what was released and where it may have travelled, and to determine the potential health risks and environmental effects of the contamination. A sewer line found to be contaminated was replaced and contaminated soil was removed from a source area on-site. EPA also required the companies to construct and operate clean-up measures, including a groundwater pump-and-treat system, which has been in operation since 1995. EPA continues to oversee performance of this cleanup.
Webb Well Field, an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) State Cleanup Program site, is located about ¾-mile north of the Amphenol site. Both sites are in Johnson County. Two of three supply wells in the former municipal water well field were found to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds; these were taken off-line by 2007. The third supply well was decommissioned in 2013. In 2007, Amphenol investigated possible migration of VOC-contaminated groundwater from its site to the Webb Well Field. Amphenol provided a groundwater particle tracking study to EPA to demonstrate that the VOC contamination found in the two impacted supply wells did not come from its facility. EPA determined that the evidence supported their position. For information, see IDEM web page. Exit
In July, 2018 Edison Wetlands Association and the “If It Was Your Child” organization raised concerns to EPA and IDEM about volatile organic compounds seeping into homes near the Amphenol/Franklin Power Products and Webb Well Field sites in Franklin. EPA will require that Amphenol Corp. investigate groundwater conditions and complete a comprehensive investigation of “vapor Intrusion” in the residential area near the site. EPA will oversee the investigation. EPA is coordinating closely with the State of Indiana and federal agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and will follow up with the community as more information becomes available.
Edison Wetlands Association also raised concerns about the potential for intrusion of radon gas at homes in Franklin. Radon is naturally occurring. Exposure to radon can result in adverse health effects. Residents can hire an Indiana-licensed professional to test their homes for radon and install a mitigation system if needed. For more information:
- EPA's Radon website
- Indiana Radon Hotline, 1-800-272-9723
- Indiana State Department of Health Information for locating Radon Professionals EXIT
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management - Franklin, IN EXIT
EPA joined Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Public Health and the federal agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at an Aug. 3 2018 public meeting in Franklin, Ind.
Nov. 27, 2018
Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when vapor-forming chemicals from an underground source move into a building. A VI investigation follows a potential path of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the source of the chemical (for example, a spill or release to the ground) to potential exposure indoors. VOCs often migrate in groundwater and can also travel along a pathway such as a sewer or utility trench.
Under EPA oversight, Amphenol Corp. is completing a vapor intrusion (VI) investigation in the neighborhood south of the former Amphenol facility. See the aerial view of the off-site vapor intrusion study area.
The VI investigation is based on historical data that show migration of VOCs from the former Franklin Power Products/Amphenol Corporation Site into the residential area through groundwater and sewer lines. The purpose of this investigation is to determine whether remaining contamination reaches the indoor air of homes and poses risk to occupants.
The VI investigation at Amphenol includes sampling VOC sewer gas, sewer backfill (bedding) gas, groundwater, and indoor air of homes. To speed up the investigation, soil gas was sampled along streets within the city of Franklin rights of way (ROWs). Where soil gas was elevated above vapor intrusion screening levels in the ROW, the nearby homes were put on the list for indoor air sampling (priority homes list). 30 sewer manholes were sampled in the study area to determine if VOC contamination was present at elevated levels. VOCs were elevated along Forsythe Street and parts of Hamilton Ave. Where sewer gas was elevated above safe indoor air levels, the nearby homes were added to the priority homes list. Where groundwater was elevated above vapor intrusion screening levels, nearby homes were added to the priority homes list.
Per the investigation steps, where groundwater, soil gas, and sewer line samples exceed applicable screening levels, the investigation proceeds to sampling beneath and/or within nearby homes. As of November 27, 2018, 37 homes are on the “priority homes” list for indoor air sampling. Results of vapor intrusion indoor air sampling are private and shared with the residents.
Based on evaluation of the data from this investigation, the study area may be expanded.
- The week of September 16, 2018, two or more additional priority homes will be sampled for sub-slab soil gas, sewer gas, indoor air, and ambient air.
- On September 13, 2018, Amphenol began sewer gas sampling in the study area following the EPA approval of its Sewer Gas Vapor Intrusion Investigation Work Plan, Franklin Power Products, Inc./Amphenol Corporation, dated September 10, 2018.
- The week of September 9, 2018, Amphenol began preparing for the sewer gas sampling in coordination with EPA.
- The week of September 9, 2018, residents in the Study Area received “door hangers” alerting them to sampling activity in the neighborhood.
- On September 4, 2018, Amphenol began sampling soil gas, ambient air, and indoor air at the first of approximately nine priority homes near the facility. Home sampling is contingent upon access agreements with homeowners and residents.
- On August 30, 2018, EPA asked Amphenol Corp. to submit a work plan describing the VI investigation approach. With EPA concurrence, Amphenol has been submitting separate work plans for the different sampling components, to expedite the investigation.
Sewer Vapor Migration Pathway
Elevated VOC vapors have been found in manholes in the sanitary sewer lines along streets in the Amphenol Study Area. Sewer vapors can travel from the sewer lines into homes via the pipes that connect a home’s sewer system to the main sewer line. The connection pipes are called “sewer laterals.” All homes near sewer lines contaminated with VOC vapors were added to the list of homes needing indoor air sampling for contaminants, including VOC vapor in the sewer lateral.
Where vapors are elevated in the sewer laterals, Amphenol performs pressure tests in the associated homes to determine whether the plumbing system is sealed. Amphenol looks for leaks by pumping a vapor mist with a citrus aroma into the pipe. If mist or citrus aroma odor is observed, then Amphenol uses a plumbing contractor to repair the fixture. Here are examples of some of the issues found and repairs made to correct vapor leaks in the plumbing system:
- Old water softener lines that were not sealed when disconnected and replaced were capped.
- Sewer line exhaust that vented inside an attic was rerouted to vent outside the home.
- Vapor leaks observed around toilet flanges were replaced and the toilets reset.
- A portion of the main sewer line under a home was an entry point for a bathtub drain. The sewer lateral was cracked and no longer vapor-tight. The cracked pipe was removed and replaced with a new PVC fitting.
- Leaking sanitary lines were sealed at the slab entry point and other joints.
- Vapor leaks observed in unused toilets/shower drains with dry P-traps were sealed with an expandable plug.
- Plumbing vents beneath sinks and at other interior locations were sealed.
- A sewer lateral was relocated, and an exterior sewer cleanout installed to adequately pressurize the plumbing system.
- Sump pits were sealed with an appropriate sump lid.
- One-way specialized plugs in floor drains were installed to allow water to drain and prevent vapors from entering.
- Unfinished walls were sealed where an interior room was in direct communication with a crawlspace.
- On August 3, 2018 Amphenol installed a filter (vapor carbon system) on the emissions pipe to virtually eliminate its VOC emissions.
- Under supervision by EPA and IDEM, Amphenol collected 8-hour ambient (outdoor) air samples from six locations around the boundary of its site on July 26, 2018. A laboratory analyzed the samples and an independent data validation company has checked the results. These samples were analyzed for the nine volatile organic compound (VOC) chemicals associated with the historic releases from the former Amphenol site. Results at the fence line indicated that outdoor air concentrations of VOCs are below EPA’s health-based screening levels for residential exposure.
- The emissions pipe at the groundwater recovery air stripping system was also sampled. Emissions were measured at a rate of approximately 8 pounds total VOCs per year. To put this in perspective, IDEM would issue an air permit for this system only if the air emissions reached at least 2,000 pounds per year.
- Amphenol Public Meeting December 3, 2019
- Amphenol Stakeholder Information Plan
- Amphenol Public Meeting June 5, 2019
- November 2018 Public Meeting Announcement, Presentation and Posters
- Groundwater Documents and Maps
- Interim Remedial Measure
- Sewer Gas Documents and Maps
- Soil Gas Documents and Maps
- Fact Sheet: Neighborhood Environmental Sampling South of Amphenol - October 2018
- Fact Sheet: Amphenol Investigation Shows Safe Outdoor Air Levels - August 2018
- Fact Sheet: EPA Requires New Investigations at Former Amphenol Site - August 2018
- 2018 On-Site Ambient Air Sampling at Amphenol
- 2018 Vapor Intrustion Investigation
- RCRA 3008(h) Consent Order for Franklin Power Products, Inc and Amphenol Corporation
- Attachment A 1998 Administrative Order on Consent Franklin Power Products, Inc and Amphenol Corporation
- Attachment B 1998 Administrative Order on Consent Franklin Power Products, Inc and Amphenol Corporation
- Draft Indoor Air Risk Evaluation for the Residences along Forsythe Street
- A Report of RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Activities at the Former Amphenol Site, Franklin, Indiana Volume 1 Report Text, Figures, Tables and Sheets
- A Report of RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Activities at the Former Amphenol Site, Franklin, Indiana Volume 2 Appendices A through J
- A Report of RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Activities at the Former Amphenol Site, Franklin, Indiana Volume 3 Appendices K through M
- Superseded FPP/Amphenol 3008(h) Order 1990