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VOORTMAN FARM

Abstract

Site Name:  VOORTMAN FARM
Address:  VERA CRUZ RD 
City & State:  UPPER SAUCON TWP  PA  18034
County:  LEHIGH
 
EPA ID:  PAD980692719
EPA Region:  03
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-88/047
ROD Date:  06/30/1988
Operable Unit(s):  01
 
Media:  GROUNDWATER SOIL
 
Contaminant:  METALS. CHROMIUM, LEAD
 
Abstract:  THE 43-ACRE VOORTMAN FARM SITE IS LOCATED IN UPPER SALUCON TOWNSHIP, LEHIGH COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. THE SITE CONSISTS OF A SINKHOLE THAT CONTAINED EMPTY BATTERY CASINGS DISPOSED OF IN LATE 1979 AND EARLY 1980. CITIZEN COMPLAINTS IN 1980 PROMPTED THE PROHIBITION OF DUMPING AND SUBSEQUENT SITE INVESTIGATION. IN SEPTEMBER 1986, THE BATTERY CASINGS IN THE SINKHOLE CAUGHT ON FIRE. SINCE THE BATTERY CASINGS WERE BURNING UNDERGROUND, ATTEMPTS TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE REMAINED UNSUCCESSFUL. IN OCTOBER 1986, ACCESS WAS GAINED TO THE BURNING WASTES, WHICH WERE THEN EXCAVATED AND EXTINGUISHED. ADDITIONAL WASTES AND RESIDUES WERE EXCAVATED FROM THE SINK HOLE AND DISPOSED OF OFFSITE. THE COLLAPSE OF THE SINKHOLE WALLS HAS FORMED A NATURAL CAP. THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY LEACHING FROM ANY RESIDUAL METALS, CONTAMINATED SOILS OR BATTERY CASINGS PRESENT.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THIS SITE IS A NO FURTHER ACTION WITH CONTINUED GROUND WATER MONITORING FOR FIVE YEARS. THE ESTIMATED PRESENT WORTH COST FOR THIS REMEDIAL ACTION IS $26,000 WITH ANNUAL O&M OF $6,860.
 
Remedy:  1. THE SELECTED REMEDY IS A "NO ACTION ALTERNATIVE WITH CONTINUED GROUND WATER MONITORING".
2. EPA AND DER WILL MONITOR ONSITE GROUND WATER WELLS AND ANALYZE FOR THE METALS RELATED TO THE WASTE SOURCE.
3. ALL MONITORING WILL BE DONE ON A YEARLY BASIS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. AFTER THIS PERIOD, EPA AND DER WILL REVIEW THE SITE TO DETERMINE ANY NEED FOR CONTINUED MONITORING.
4. THIS REMEDIAL ACTION WILL NOT REQUIRE FURTHER TREATMENT OF GROUND WATER, SURFACE WATER, SEDIMENTS OR SOILS. THE REMOVAL OF THE BURNING BATTERY CASINGS, ASHES AND SOILS HAVE EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATED THE SOURCE OF FUTURE THREATS TO GROUND WATER QUALITY.
 
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