Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

MCADOO ASSOCIATES
MCADOO BOROUGH, PA

Redevelopment

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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 McAdoo Associates Superfund site consists of two separate areas: the McAdoo Kline Township location in Kline Township, Pennsylvania; and the McAdoo Blaine Street location in McAdoo Borough, Pennsylvania. From the 1880s to the 1960s, deep coal mining and metal recycling operations occurred at the McAdoo Kline Township location. Prior to 1972, the McAdoo Blaine Street location operated as a heating oil and gasoline storage business. McAdoo Associates stored wastes at these sites from 1978 until 1979, when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) revoked McAdoo's permit to operate. EPA identified contaminated soil and groundwater at the site. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Cleanup activities at the McAdoo Klein location included removing storage tanks and soil, studying the potential collapse of mining areas, installing a cap and monitoring groundwater. Cleanup activities at the McAdoo Blaine location included emptying and removing the storage tanks, removing soils, and installing groundwater monitoring wells. The McAdoo Klein location remains capped and fencing surrounds the area. In 1998, a local business owner entered into a Prospective Purchaser Agreement (PPA) to purchase the McAdoo Blaine portion of the site. A PPA is a tool used by EPA that encourages the redevelopment of contaminated property by eliminating liability issues for the purchaser. With the PPA in place, the owner constructed a small warehouse/storage facility on the property for business operations. EPA deleted the site from the NPL in 2001.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA had data on one on-site business. EPA did not have further economic details related to this business. 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.

ICs are in placed to restrict groundwater use.
Additional information about the ICs are available in the 2015 Five-Year Review (PDF) (on page 11)

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