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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The 12-acre Havertown PCP Superfund site is located in Havertown Township, Pennsylvania. From 1947 to 1991, National Wood Preservers operated a wood treatment facility at the site. The company reportedly poured liquid wastes on surface soil and disposed of liquid wastes in a well. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources identified contamination in the site’s groundwater, surface water and soil. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Since 2001, groundwater treatment has been occurring on site. Cleanup activities included the removal and disposal of hazardous liquid, solid and sludge wastes. After removing all site buildings, workers installed a 3-acre synthetic cap over areas of soil contamination on the property. In 2009, the site received $3.2 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to help with cleanup and monitoring efforts. With the ARRA funding, workers completed the site’s cleanup in 2010. Two commercial establishments continued operations at the site during cleanup: a produce store and a fast food restaurant. On another portion of the site, demolition of the former Philadelphia Chewing Gum Corporation factory made way for the new $22 million Freedom Valley YMCA. The YMCA facility, which includes three pools, a gymnasium, wellness center, locker rooms, an indoor track and an educational care center, opened in October 2013.  A storage facility is currently planned for a portion of the capped area of the Site.  EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Haverford Township are coordinating on the proposed plans for this facility.  Haverford Township and EPA will continue to work with interested parties to return the site to safe and productive reuse.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on 5 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 414 people and generated an estimated $8,907,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Institutional controls are in place to prevent the use of groundwater wells and protect the integrity of the capped area of the site.
Additional information about the institutional controls are available in the 2015 Five-Year Review (PDF) (page 12).

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