Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

LOWER DARBY CREEK AREA
DARBY TWP, PA

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Announcements and Key Topics

NEW! View the Presentation from the Lower Darby Community Meeting on September 21, 2017

NEW! Read the Summer 2017 Fact Sheet Update for the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site

NEW! Read the Community Health and Safety Plan (CHASP) for the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site

NEW! Read EPA's Community Involvement Plan for the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site!

EPA to Begin Cleanup of Contamination Related to Clearview Landfill

EPA Region 3 has received funding from EPA Headquarters and will be starting a new Superfund cleanup at the Clearview Landfill – Operable Unit 1 (OU1), in late summer 2017.  This cleanup is referred to as the Remedial Action.  The first step of the cleanup will be to continue addressing residential yards in the Eastwick neighborhood that have contaminated soil related to the Clearview Landfill.  The yard cleanups will remove soil contaminated with elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lead.  At least 80 homes are currently eligible for the yard cleanup based on EPA’s sampling results and more yards may also be eligible.  EPA previously cleaned up 33 contaminated residential yards with the highest levels of soil contamination.  Cleanup of the yards as part of the Remedial Action will start after Labor Day weekend.  The entire yard cleanup project will likely take over a year and last into 2019. The cleanup will cover one row of properties at a time (typically 6 to 8 homes), and each row will take about two weeks. The exact order and schedule for the yard work has not been determined and will be based where EPA has been given legal access.
 
EPA will be conducting air monitoring throughout this cleanup process.  All air quality monitoring data and other information will be available at www.epaosc.org/ldca.
 
In addition to the yard cleanup aspect of the OU1 Remedial Action, several businesses, primarily related to automobile repair and garbage truck and construction vehicle storage, currently operate at the Clearview Landfill.  The businesses must permanently relocate so that EPA can implement other parts of the OU1 remedial action, which includes the excavation of contaminated soil from the Eastwick Regional City Park, construction of a new forested cover over the landfill waste, and the capture and treatment of shallow leachate using constructed wetlands.  The permanent relocation process will also be starting in the fall of 2017 and is expected to take about one year to complete.
 
As background for anyone who may not be familiar with OU1, the Clearview Landfill is part of the larger Lower Darby Creek Area (LDCA) Superfund Site.  This remedial action will address contamination at Operable Unit 1 (OU1) of the LDCA Site, which consists of waste, soil, and shallow leachate associated with the Clearview Landfill.   The Clearview Landfill is located in both Darby Township and Philadelphia, PA situated between Darby and Cobbs creeks and the Eastwick area of southwest Philadelphia.

How to Avoid Disturbing Soil in Eastwick Residential Yards (PDF)

How to Avoid Disturbing Soil in Eastwick Park (PDF)

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Public Participation Opportunities

Please attend the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group (ELDCA CAG) Meetings.  Please check back for the 2018 CAG schedule or contact us directly for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Resources

Community involvement is the process of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members. The goal of Superfund community involvement is to advocate and strengthen early and meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups. Read about ways you can participate in EPA’s Community Involvement Program.

EPA celebrates 35 years of the Superfund Program: Read about sites in your states where Superfund has made a difference in protecting human health and the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions - Clearview Landfill

Technical Assistance Grant (TAG):  EPA has award a TAG to the Darby Creek Valley Association (DCVA) for the purpose of reviewing and commenting on EPA's work at the LDCA site. For more information about EPA's TAG program, click here.

Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group (ELDCA CAG)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services:  John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

EPA On-Scene Coordinator's Website

Technical Assistance Services for Communities (TASC)

Superfund Job Training Initiative

Fact Sheets

Public Notices

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Previous Public Participation Opportunities

Eastiwck Lower Darby Creek Community Advisory Group Meeting Minutes

 

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Stay Informed and Involved

To sign up for the Lower Darby Creek Superfund Site Mailing list send a blank email too join-ldca@lists.epa.gov

 

Attend the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group (ELDCA CAG) Meetings.  Please check back for the 2018 CAG meeting schedule or contact us directly for more information.

 

 

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