Superfund Site: PUBLICKER INDUSTRIES INC.
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Superfund Site Profile

EPA removed the site from the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in November 2000, making it the nation's 500th “construction complete” Superfund site.

SITE BACKGROUND

The 40-acre Publicker Industries Inc. site is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along the Delaware River near the Walt Whitman Bridge. Publicker Industries produced liquor and industrial alcohols from 1912 to 1985. A petroleum product and chemical storage facility also operated at the site during the late 1970s and 1980s. The site included large tanks, storage drums, product stock, chemical laboratories, production buildings, warehouses, a power plant and several hundred miles of aboveground and underground process lines. Historical operations at the site contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.