Church Road TCE Site

Mountain Top, PA - Region III

Site Contact:

Raj Sharma
On-Scene Coordinator

Church Road
Mountain Top, PA 18707

Latitude: 41.1198521
Longitude: -75.9202020

The Church Road TCE Site in Mountain Top, PA is located downgradient from a former Foster Wheeler facility in Crestwood Industrial Park. The facility manufactured pressure boilers until 1984.

Sampling conducted September 14, 2004 by Foster Wheeler indicated that 14 residential wells along Church Road were contaminated with TCE above the MCL of 5 ppb. EPA was notified of the sampling results on Foster Wheeler on October 13. On October 14, 2004, affected residents were notified of the results and put on bottled water.

In October 11, 2005, U.S. EPA issues approval of FW’s Response Action Plan to connect TCE-affected homes along Church Road to public water. The plan also called for abandoning each respective private well to prevent a conduit for contamination to the surface.

In April 13, 2006, a Trip Report developed by U.S. EPA contractor which details all of contractors sampling and assessment activities conducted at the site from October 2204 through May 2005. The assessment was performed as an effort to establish the scope and extent of TCE contamination in the area, and identify additional sources of contamination potentially existing in the area.

Other important dates:

July 10, 2006 – Construction of laterals to homes begins.

August 24, 2006 – By this date, FW had installed a waterline and lateral piping at all 36 locations for which they had received a signed Water Line Agreement from the residents.

November 12, 2007 – Passive Diffusion Bags put into 6 EPA and FWEC bedrock wells in Crestwood Industrial Park and along Church Road. Bags collected 2 weeks later. Analysis conducted to analyze for TCE and volatile organics.

November 26, 2007 – Water well elevations taken for wells along FW property, as well as 6 bedrock wells in Crestwood Industrial Park, and along Church Road. Watering Run sampled in several locations. No unsafe levels of TCE detected.

January 29, 2008 – Data Gap Assessment Report finalized. Report identifies gaps in site data additional investigation activities to be considered for next phase of site assessment.

May 14, 2008 – As they are done every quarter, guardian well samples were taken from outside the plume in the Church Road area. The guardian wells have never shown contamination, but are sampled to ensure that the contamination is not spreading to homes beyond the known affected area.

Currently – U.S. EPA Region III Removal, Site Assessment, and PA DEP Northeast will soon be drafting plans for next phase of work at the site. A public meeting to inform the public will be scheduled when these plans are finalized.