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MW MANUFACTURING

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Site Name:  MW MANUFACTURING
Address:  STATE ROUTE 54 AND I-80 
City & State:  VALLEY TOWNSHIP  PA  17821
County:  MONTOUR
 
EPA ID:  PAD980691372
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Currently on the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-89/067
ROD Date:  03/31/1989
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  SOIL
 
Contaminant:  VOCS, PCE, TCE, ORGANICS, PCBS, METALS, LEAD
 
Abstract:  THE M.W. MANUFACTURING SITE IS A FORMER COPPER RECOVERY FACILITY LOCATED IN MONTOUR COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, TWO MILES NORTH OF DANVILLE. THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (PENNDOT) MAINTAINS A STORAGE AREA IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF THE SITE, AND FARMLANDS AND WOODED LOTS ARE ADJACENT TO THE SITE ON THE WEST AND SOUTH. MAUSES CREEK FLOWS IN A SOUTHERLY DIRECTION PAST THE SITE. SEVERAL PRIVATE RESIDENCES, MOTELS, GAS STATIONS, RESTAURANTS, AND A HEAD START SCHOOL ARE LOCATED JUST NORTH OF THE PENNDOT STORAGE AREA AND RELY ON PRIVATE GROUND WATER WELLS FOR DRINKING WATER. M.W. MANUFACTURING WAS ENGAGED IN SECONDARY COPPER RECOVERY FROM SCRAP WIRE, USING BOTH MECHANICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES. GRANULAR CARBON WASTES GENERATED BY THE CHEMICAL PROCESS WAS DUMPED ONSITE, AND SPENT SOLVENTS AND ACIDS WERE ALLEGEDLY DISPOSED OF ONSITE. IN 1972, M.W. MANUFACTURING FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY AND THE PHILADELPHIA NATIONAL BANK ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY. WAREHOUSE 81 INC. ACQUIRED THE SITE IN 1976, AND SUBSEQUENTLY FORMED A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP WITH DOMINO SALVAGE, INC. TO RECOVER WIRE AT THE SITE USING MECHANICAL RECOVERY ONLY. THE INITIAL REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION REVEALED SEVERAL AREAS POSING POTENTIAL THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH: THE CARBON WASTE PILE, FOUR WIRE-FLUFF WASTE PILES, A SURFACE IMPOUNDMENT, BURIED LAGOON AND CONTAMINATED SOILS, DRUMS AND STORAGE TANKS. THIS REMEDIAL ACTION ADDRESSES THE CONCERNS FOR DIRECT CONTACT WITH AND MIGRATION TO GROUND WATER OF CONTAMINANTS FROM THE CARBON WASTE PILE. THE REMAINING AREAS ARE THE SUBJECT OF A LONG-TERM REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION AND FEASIBILITY STUDY. THE PRIMARY CONTAMINANTS OF CONCERN AFFECTING THE SOIL ARE VOCS INCLUDING PCE AND TCE; ORGANICS INCLUDING PCBS; AND METALS INCLUDING LEAD.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE INCLUDES EXCAVATING THE CARBON WASTE PILE (APPROXIMATELY 875 YD3 OF CONTAMINATED WASTE AND CONTAMINATED UNDERLYING SOILS) AND TRANSPORTING THE WASTE OFFSITE TO AN INCINERATOR FACILITY AND DISPOSING OF THE ASH IN AN OFFSITE RCRA HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL. THE ESTIMATED CAPITAL COST FOR THIS REMEDIAL ACTION IS $2,061,000. SINCE ONSITE REMEDIATION ACTIVITIES ARE ANTICIPATED TO REQUIRE LESS THAN ONE YEAR, THERE ARE NO O&M COSTS.
 
Remedy:  THIS INITIAL OPERABLE UNIT ADDRESSES THE SOURCE OF THE CONTAMINATION BY REMEDIATION OF THE "CARBON WASTE" PILE. THE FUNCTION OF THIS OPERABLE UNIT IS TO REMOVE THE CARBON WASTE PILE AS A THREAT TO HUMAN HEALTH AND AS A SOURCE OF CONTINUED GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION.

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE SELECTED REMEDY INCLUDE;

* EXCAVATION OF APPROXIMATELY 875 CUBIC YARDS OF CONTAMINATED WASTE AND CONTAMINATED UNDERLYING SOILS. INCINERATION OF THE WASTES AND SOILS IN AN OFF-SITE RCRA PERMITTED INCINERATOR.
* DISPOSAL OF INCINERATOR ASH IN A RCRA PERMITTED HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL.

THE ON GOING REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION AND FEASIBILITY STUDY WILL IDENTIFY THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMAINING PORTIONS OF THE SITE (LAGOONS, TANKS, SOILS, OTHER WASTE PILES, GROUNDWATER) AND WILL EVALUATE APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL ALTERNATIVES FOR EACH.
 
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