EPA removes Pennsylvania C&D recycling site from National Priorities List

The agency says the metal reclamation site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment.

February 28, 2018
Edited by Hilary Crisan
Legislation & Regulations Nonferrous

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, has removed a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling site in Foster Township, Pennsylvania, from the Superfund National Priorities List.

The 110-acre site was used to reclaim metals, including copper and lead, from cable wires from 1963 until 1984. Cable burning and processing materials at the site caused contamination of the surrounding soil and sediment that posed a risk to human health and the environment.

The cleanup included the stabilization and off-site disposal of contaminated soil and sediment by Nassau Metals Corp., New Providence, New Jersey. Approximately 80,000 tons, or 4,000 truckloads, of stabilized soil and sediment were removed from the site during the remediation.

EPA conducted oversight of the remediation work by Nassau Metals and has determined the site no longer poses a threat to human health or the environment.

The National Priorities List is a roster of the nation’s most contaminated sites that threaten human health or the environment. The sites on the list are eligible for cleanup under EPA’s Superfund program. EPA removes sites from the list once all the remedies are successfully implemented and no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment.

“Superfund cleanup and safe reuse of the site continues to be a priority at EPA as we work to create a safer and healthier environment for all communities affected,” Cosmo Servidio, EPA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator, says. “Removing this site from the list represents an important step toward achieving this goal.”

EPA did not receive any adverse comments during the 30-day public comment period on the proposal to delist.

For more information about the site, visit https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0300881.

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