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City & State:  FRACKVILLE  PA  17931
EPA ID:  PAD982366957
EPA Region:  03
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/541/R-98/064
ROD Date:  09/30/1998
Operable Unit(s):  01
Media:  Groundwater, Sediment, Sludge, Soil, Surface Water
Contaminant:  Base Neutral Acids, Inorganics, Metals, PAH, VOC
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 Metropolitan Mirror and Glass site is located in an industrial park approximately 0.25 miles southeast of Frackville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It is approximately 12.5 acres, and has several rights-of-ways for utilities, Interstate-81, and an abandoned rail line. One single-story manufacturing building, a small pump house, a water tower, two lagoons, three drainage ditches, a small building connected to the wall of the manufacturing building, a water supply well, and a parking lot all lie on the site. The area around the site is a mixture of commercial and residential areas.

The site was previously owned and operated by Metropolitan Mirror and Glass Company from 1959-1982. This facility manufactured mirrors and disposed of their wastewater into lagoons located on the site. The company went bankrupt in 1982, and it was then occupied by the National Patent Development Corporation, until 1987. The site is currently owned and operated by St. Jude Polymer Company, a plastic bottle recycling facility. No industrial manufacturing has occurred at this site since 1982.

The contaminated soil and sediment of the Area of Concern (AOC) AOC-1, AOC-2, and AOC-3 areas posed an ecological threat to Stony Creek if the lagoons were to be breached or if further development were to occur. The shallow groundwater system is also in threat of further contamination. The shallow groundwater system appears to be draining into wetlands and eventually into Stony Creek. Drinking water supplies are located within a 4-mile radius of the site, and the community, commercial, and residential areas solely depend on the groundwater drills as their drinking water source. The elevated lead levels found in the soil at the north building area also presented an inhalation hazard to workers of the facility.

In 1987 contamination was found in the Frackville water supply, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) investigated the situation. As a result of the PADEP investigation, the Metropolitan Mirror and Glass site was identified as the potential source of contamination. Between 1988 and 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a Preliminary Assessment which resulted in the site being placed on the National Priorities List (NPL). The EPA conducted the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) stage of the investigation, as well as issuing an Action Memorandum which stated that an emergency removal action needed to be taken by the state.

A Removal Action occurred between May and August of 1997 which removed the contaminated soil from AOC-1, AOC-2, and AOC-3. The soil was sent off-site for treatment.

The Feasibility Study Report discusses alternatives which were considered to address the contaminants identified in the groundwater and sediments of this site. The EPA presented a No Action remedial alternative in a September 1998 Record of Decision (ROD), because the Removal Action of 1997 removed the risk caused by the contamination of this Site.
Remedy:  The alternative Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected for this Site is "No Action". Under this alternative, EPA requires no action beyond the removal action that took place at the Site in the spring and summer of 1997. It has been determined that the contaminants in groundwater and sediment are not Site-related. In accordance Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 121 (c ), EPA will review the Site every five years to assure that the remedy selected in this Record of Decision (ROD) continues to be protective of human health and the environment. There is no cost associated with the No Action alternative, except the minimal cost associated with the five year review.
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