Superfund Site:

BERKS SAND PIT
LONGSWAMP TOWNSHIP, PA

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Darriel Swatts
(215) 814-5536

Remedial Project Manager
Nick Tymchenko
(215) 814-2022

Site Location

Street Address:
UNOBTAINABLE, LONGSWAMP TOWNSHIP, PA 19539

Background

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.