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Address:  RD 2 
City & State:  DENVER  PA  17517
EPA ID:  PAD980538649
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-96/221
ROD Date:  06/28/1996
Operable Unit(s):  01
Media:  soil, groundwater
Contaminant:  Semi volatile organic compounds (SVOC), volatile organic compounds (VOC), acetone, benzene, ethylbenzene, 2-butanone, 1,1,1-TCA, 1,1,2-TCA, 4-methyl-2-pentanone, PCE, toluene, TCE, xylene, PAHs, bis(2-ethylhexyl), phthalates, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, manganese, mercury, nickel, vanadium, zinc
Abstract:  Please note that the text in this document summarizes the Record of Decision for the purposes of facilitating searching and retrieving key text on the ROD. It is not the officially approved abstract drafted by the EPA Regional offices. Once EPA Headquarters receives the official abstract, this text will be replaced.

The Berkley Products Co. site is located one and a half miles northeast of Denver, Pennsylvania. Also known as Schoeneck Landfill, the site is east of Wollupa Hill Road, north of Swamp Bridge Road. The site is a former town dump which covers about five acres on the crest of a hill, within a larger tract of 21 acres. The site includes the landfill, areas where dumping occurred on the southern slope and the groundwater affected by contamination leaching from the landfill. The area surrounding the site is primarily forested residential.

The site was used as a municipal waste dump from approximately 1930 until 1965. In 1965, the Lipton Paint Company (Lipton), a subsidiary of Berkley Products Company, purchased the property. The operation continued to receive household trash from neighboring communities as well as paint wastes from Berkley Products Company. The property was closed by Lipton due to lack of available fill area and cover material, and covered with soil. Then, in September 1970, the property was sold to private owners and has been used as a residential area.

Prior to 1965, the dump received paper, wood, cardboard and other domestic trash from the northeastern corner of Lancaster County. The only commercial wastes identified during that period were from local shoe companies. Those wastes included leather scraps and empty glue and dye pails.

Between 1965 and 1970, different sources estimate that the dump received from 650 to 40,000 gallons of paint wastes from Berkley Products Company. These wastes included primarily pigment sludges and wash solvents. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has learned that the solvents were sometimes used to burn the household trash and that the sludges were disposed of in five gallon pails. Information gathered about the final years of operation of the site indicates that the municipal trash was dumped to the south of the access road, toward the hillside, while the paint wastes were deposited in the northern part of the dump.

The Berkley Products Company produced paints and varnishes with solvents, ethyl cellulose resin and pigments with lead oxide and lead chromate. The solvents included toluene, xylene, aliphatic naphthas, mineral spirits, methyl ethyl ketones, methyl isobutyl ketones, ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, glycol ether, butyl celasol, methyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol.
Remedy:  The selected remedy includes the following components: pre-design investigations; site preparation and consolidation of landfill wastes; site grading; cover system with the following components as determined necessary for compliance with the relevant sections of Pennsylvania's Hazardous Waste Regulations - subgrade, gas vent system, barrier layers, drainage layer, top layer that is vegetated; security fencing; erosion control measures; institutional controls restrict new well installation in the contaminated zone; long-term operation and maintenance; groundwater, surface runoff, leachate spring and seep monitoring (annual), residential well monitoring (semi-annual) and monitoring wells (quarterly); and five year reviews.
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