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Address:  3223 S DELAWARE AVENUE 
City & State:  PHILADELPHIA  PA  19148
EPA ID:  PAD981939200
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R03-96/239
ROD Date:  12/28/1995
Operable Unit(s):  03
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 Publicker Industries Site (the Site) is a former liquor/alcohol distillery located in the southeast portion of the
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Site is bordered to the east by the Delaware River, to the north by the Ashland Chemical Company, to the south by the Packer Marine Terminal and New Orleans Cold Storage, and to the west by Christopher Columbus Boulevard (formerly Delaware Avenue). The Site is adjacent to, and partially under the Walt Whitman Bridge, which spans the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Figure 1 is a location map, and Figure 2 is the Site map.

The area is primarily industrial; however, there are major population centers within a one-mile radius of the Site. In addition, there are several major businesses (primarily food plants), the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, one indoor and one large outdoor arena, and Interstate 95 in close proximity to the Site. An estimated population of 1,701 people live within a one-mile. radius of the Site, in the cities of Camden and Gloucester, New Jersey, and
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Site covers approximately 42 acres and contains the remains of nearly 440 structures including large tanks, chemical laboratories, reaction vessels, production buildings, warehouses, and power plants. The Site contains two separate areas: one large area north of Packer Avenue, and another small area south of Packer Avenue. A series of seven alternating piers and slips is located along the waterfront of the Site. Most of the existing Site
structures and features have deteriorated due to weather, fire, and neglect.
Remedy:  The major components of the selected remedy include the following:

¿ Abandonment of on-Site ground water wells;
¿ Removal, treatment, and off-Site disposal of liquids and sediments in contaminated electric utilities;
¿ Removal, treatment, and off-Site disposal of liquids and sediments in contaminated stormwater trenches and utilities;
¿ Removal, treatment and off-Site disposal of miscellaneous wastes.

Additionally, should excavation be conducted by current or future owners or occupants where such activities are not specifically a part of the above selected remedy, those excavation activities shall be monitored.
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