Superfund Site:

BUTLER MINE TUNNEL
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Larry-C Johnson
(215) 814-3239

Remedial Project Manager
Mitch Cron
(215) 814-3286

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Site Location

Street Address:
SUSQUEHANNA RIVER
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA 18640

Background

The Butler Mine Tunnel located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania was constructed in the 1930s to provide mine drainage for an estimated five-square-mile area of underground coal mines. The Butler Mine Tunnel drains into the Susquehanna River. The Site was caused by the illegal disposal of liquid industrial wastes, including oily wastes, into underground mine areas via a mine ventilation borehole which was located at the Hi-Way Auto Service (HWAS) station in Pittston, PA. In 1979, an oily discharge coming from the tunnel created an oil slick on the Susquehanna River. The oil contamination was traced to the illegal dumping at ...
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