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MIDDLETOWN AIR FIELD

Abstract

Site Name:  MIDDLETOWN AIR FIELD
Address:  APPROX 1 MLE OFF RTE 230 
City & State:  MIDDLETOWN  PA  17057
County:  DAUPHIN
 
EPA ID:  PAD980538763
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-96/237
ROD Date:  09/16/1996
Operable Unit(s):  03
 
Media:  soil, groundwater
 
Contaminant:  TCE, VOCs
 
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 Midddletown Air Field site is located in Pennsylvania, about 8 miles from Harrisburg. It is situated between the boroughs of Highspire and Middletown along Pennsylvania Route 230, and bordered by the Susquehanna River to the south.

The property was initially established Camp George Gordon Meade by the Army on rolling farmland as a basic training camp in response to the Spanish-American War in July, 1898. In less than a year, the tent camp reverted to a pickle farm, until 1917, when ground was broken for what eventually became known as the Olmstead Air Force Base in 1947. Activities throughout the history of the site included: warehousing and supply of parts, equipment, general supplies, petroleum, oil and lubricants; complete aircraft overhaul including stripping, repainting, engine overhaul, reassembly, and equipment replacement; engine and aircraft testing; and general base support maintenance and operation.

Operations performed by tenants of buildings on the site include: aircraft maintenance operations; aircraft paint stripping and repainting; parts cleaning; aircraft instrument overhaul and repair; fabric dying; machine shop operations; and typewriter ribbon inking and cartridge assembly.

Approximately 218 acres of former administrative and housing facilities north of Route 230 are owned by the Harrisburg campus of Pennsylvania State University. An additional 93 acres of former Air Force warehouse facilities just south of I-76 were sold in 1995. The company that sold the property still retains ownership of the North Base Landfill and was involved in the manufacturing of truck trailers with site activities including welding, punching, fastening, foaming, and painting.

Since 1983, studies have been conducted at the facility to investigate and monitor areas that were affected by operations at the site. Trichloroethylene (TCE) was discovered in six of ten production wells, which triggered subsequent environmental investigations and studies, and the installation of a water treatment system that is currently still in use at the facility.

In 1984, ground-penetrating radar and magnetometer surveys were conducted at the Runway, Industrial, and North Base Landfill areas. Nine partially exposed 55-gallon drums were removed from a fill area located along a stream bank northeast of the Meade Heights housing complex. The drums were empty except for water and coatings of a hard, black tarry substance. These contents were sampled and found to be nonhazardous.
 
Remedy:  Based on the results of the risk assessment (RA) conducted as part of the Operable Unit 3 (OU 3) investigation, it is concluded that the conditions at the site pose no current or potential threat to human health or the environment and no additional remedial actions need to be implemented.
 
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