Superfund Site: BRUIN LAGOON

Superfund Site Profile


The 6-acre Bruin Lagoon site is located along the western bank of the South Branch of Bear Creek in Bruin Borough, Pennsylvania. Operations at the site began in the 1930s when the Bruin Oil Company, located on adjacent property to the south, used the lagoon for disposal of mineral oil production wastes. Disposal operations continued for over 40 years. Material deposited in the lagoon included bottom residues from crude oil storage tanks and spent refining agents containing highly acidic sludge. Site activities contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing. EPA removed the site from the Superfund program’s National Priorities List in 1997.