Superfund Site: LOWER DARBY CREEK AREA
DARBY TWP, PA
Superfund Site Profile
NEW! Read EPA's Community Involvement Plan for the Lower Darby Creek Area Superfund Site!
EPA to Begin Cleanup of Contamination Related to Clearview Landfill
In addition to the yard cleanup aspect of the OU1 Remedial Action, several businesses, primarily related to automobile repair and garbage truck and construction vehicle storage, currently operate at the Clearview Landfill. The businesses must permanently relocate so that EPA can implement other parts of the OU1 remedial action, which includes the excavation of contaminated soil from the Eastwick Regional City Park, construction of a new forested cover over the landfill waste, and the capture and treatment of shallow leachate using constructed wetlands. The permanent relocation process will also be starting in the fall of 2017 and is expected to take about one year to complete.
The Lower Darby Creek Area (LDCA) site is located in Darby Township and Folcroft Borough in Delaware and Philadelphia counties, Pennsylvania. The site consists of two separate landfills, the Clearview and Folcroft Landfills. The Clearview Landfill is on the east side of Darby Creek near the intersection of 84th and Lindbergh Boulevard. The Folcroft Landfill is located two miles downstream on the west side of Darby Creek and within the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Both landfills operated from the 1950s to the 1970s and closed in the mid-1970s. Wastes accepted at both landfills reportedly included municipal, demolition and hospital wastes. Waste disposal practices contaminated soil, groundwater and fish tissue with hazardous chemicals. Investigations at both landfills are ongoing. The site is being cleaned up through federal, state and potentially responsible party (PRP) actions.
NEW VIDEO! EPA provides an update on the tree nursey project for the Clearview Landfill.
EPA is conducting surveys of Darby Creek as part of the Remedial Design Process. Watch a one-minute video clip about the creek survey here.
EPA is using a machine called a geoprobe to sample the soil. Watch a one-minute video clip that shows the geoprobe in action.