Chem Fab Corporation

Doylestown, PA - Region III

 

Site Contact:

Eduardo Rovira, Jr.
OSC

rovira.eduardo@epa.gov

300 N. Broad Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
response.epa.gov/ChemFab

Latitude: 40.3160690
Longitude: -75.1356830

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Site Update - Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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A sub-contractor installed a depressurization system (consisting of a total of nine suction fans) at the main building at the Site. The purpose of the system is to keep the indoor TCE levels in the main building at acceptable levels. The system was designed based on the results of a study of the air movement under the building. The system is fully operational. Sub-slab and indoor air samples will be collected in January 2016.

As of October 2, 2015, we have spent approximately $905,051 . . . that figure is only Removal contractors time and materials, it does not include EPA personnel or Remedial contractors time and materials.

The home which well had been impacted by the plume from the Site was connected to the public water supply system during the week of September 22nd. The residents at the home had been receiving bottled water since June 2014.

During the week of October 12th, a sub-contractor milled and resurfaced the area of the road where the main had to be extended in order to reach the home.

Pictures of recent activates can be found by going to the "images" section above.

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The Site, located in a mixed residential, commercial and industrial area, was operated as a metals plating facility from 1965 to approximately 1994. On 1995 EPA removed more than 100 drums of hazardous substances and more than 8,000 gallons of chromic acid waste that had been left on the site. The Site was then referred to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). Since then PADEP has continued testing the groundwater. Their findings show groundwater contamination around the source. Trichloroethene, carbon tetrachloride, dichloroethene and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) are some of the contaminants present in the groundwater. A municipal well was closed to avoid the use of it as a drinking water source and nearby residences and businesses were connected to Doylestown's public water system. On 2010 PADAEP turned the site over to the EPA.

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For additional information, visit the Pollution/Situation Report (Pol/Sitreps) section.