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BRODHEAD CREEK

Abstract

Site Name:  BRODHEAD CREEK
Address:  S OF MAIN ST BRG 
City & State:  STROUDSBURG  PA  18360
County:  MONROE
 
EPA ID:  PAD980691760
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-95/211
ROD Date:  06/30/1995
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  groundwater
 
Contaminant:  Coal tar, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, arsenic
 
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 Brodhead Creek site encompasses 12 acres and is the location of a former coa gasification plant which operated along the west bank of Brodhead Creek in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania from 1888 to 1944. A waste product from these operations was coal tar, a black tar-like liquid which had a density greater tha water and was principally composed of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). This coal tar was placed in an open pit located on the property. This practice continued until the mid-1940s when the plant was abandoned.

In October 1980, during construction repairs to the toe of a flood control levee at the site, materials identified as coal tar were observed seeping into Brodhea Creek. As a result, several investigations and emergency response measures were initiated from 1981 through 1984.

A previous ROD, issued on March 29, 1991, selected an enhanced recovery process as an interim remedial action for OU1 at the site which addressed free coal tar in the subsurface soils at the site. As part of the OU1 remedial action, deed restrictions will be imposed to limit future use of the site. The shallow groundwater and Brodhead Creek will continue to be monitored to verify that no unacceptable risks posed by conditions at the site occur in the future.
 
Remedy:  This ROD addresses groundwater contamination and residual coal tar contamination in the subsurface soils. No further action is necessary for OU2.
 
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