Superfund Site: BRODHEAD CREEK

Superfund Site Profile

The 2009 Five-Year Review recommended reinforcement of the McMichael creekbank to prevent erosion and potential contamination of Brodhead Creek with coal tar. In 2012, a sheet pile wall was placed into McMichael Creek and in the floodplain between the two creeks. EPA removed and stockpiled impacted soils and pumped over 250,000 gallons of water from within the piles for on-site treatment. Stockpiled soils and treated water were transported to treatment facilities; the sheet pile wall was removed; and the creekbank and floodplain were restored by late 2012.


The 12-acre Brodhead Creek site is located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. From 1888 to 1944, a coal gasification plant operated at the site. The plant, which operated along the west bank of Brodhead Creek, produced coal tar wastes during its operation. Coal tar waste disposal practices contaminated groundwater, soil and creek sediment. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing. EPA removed the site from the Superfund program’s National Priorities List in 2001.