Superfund Site: BERKS SAND PIT

Superfund Site Profile


The 4-acre Berks Sand Pit site, located in Longswamp Township, Pennsylvania, was created by the removal of sand and gravel; it was reportedly used by area residents for the disposal of refuse. The pit was also reportedly a disposal area for industrial wastes. Site activities contaminated groundwater and sediment with hazardous chemicals.

The contaminated groundwater plume, at one time impacted 30 residences in Longswamp Township.  In January 1982, groundwater contamination was detected in the area by residents. Despite emergency response's and further investigatory actions by EPA, the source of contamination was never specifically identified.