Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

CHEM-FAB
Doylestown, PA

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The Chem-Fab site is located on N. Broad Street in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, Chem Fab, Inc. operated an electroplating and metal etching facility, and also stored and disposed of processing chemicals on-site. Groundwater underlying the site is contaminated with metals, volatile organic compounds, chemicals commonly found in solvents and degreasers and associated electroplating operations. The volatile organic compounds have been found in two municipal wells and several residential wells.

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What Is Being Done to Clean Up the Site?

  • ​In 1990, EPA connected residences and businesses that were impacted by the groundwater contamination to city water.
  • In 1994, EPA removed 117 drums of chemicals and 8,400 gallons of liquid waste from the site.
  • The Chem Fab Corp. site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List of most hazardous waste sites in 2008.
  • The EPA began collecting new samples for the Remedial Investigation in April 2010.
  • In December 2012, a Record of Decision was issued, which selected excavation and off-site disposal to remediate soil contamination on the former Chem Fab property. 
  • In 2014, a removal action was undertaken to implement this remedy.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

EPA initiated a Remedial Investigation at the Chem-Fab site in 2010 to determine the type and extent of contamination at and around the site. EPA has released a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) based on the findings of this Remedial Investigation. The public is invited to comment on this PRAP.

The public comment period runs from Oct 1, 2016 to October 31,2016

The Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) may be found here

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EPA’s Involvement at the Site

  • A 2014 Removal Action completed the requirements of Operable Unit-1 (OU-1) which addressed soil contamination.
  • Contaminated soils were excavated and removed from the site.
  • Clean soils were used to replace the soil removed and parking facilities and blacktop were restored.
  • EPA plans to install additional monitoring wells in 2015 to delineate the extent of the groundwater contamination plume.   

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Sampling and Monitoring

​There are many years of data and information about the Chem-Fab Corp. site. Detailed information about local, state and EPA actions at the site can be found here.

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Emergency Response and Removal

Cleanup to date has included removal actions, or short-term cleanups, to address immediate threats to human health and the environment. Actions in 1987, 1994, 2012 and 2014 included connecting impacted residences and businesses to city water, removing 117 drums of chemicals and 8,400 gallons of liquid waste, addressing vapor intrusion in on-site buildings, and excavating and disposing of contaminated soil.

For more information about the removal actions taken, please visit OSC website.

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Operable Units

During cleanup, a site can be divided into a number of distinct areas depending on its complexity. These areas, called operable units (OUs), may address geographic areas, specific problems, or areas where a specific action is required. Examples of typical operable units include construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system or construction of a cap over a landfill.

View a list of all of the operable units at this site.

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Cleanup Progress

View the schedule for cleaning up this site.

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