EPA Superfund Program: PRICE BATTERY LEAD SMELTER , HAMBURG, PA

Superfund Site Profile

The Price Battery plant operated in the Borough of Hamburg, Berks County, Pa., from approximately 1940 to the mid-1990s. Hamburg is located at the foot of the Blue Mountains along the Schuylkill River.  The site, about 1.2 square miles in size, is located in a mixed commercial/residential area in the vicinity of the former Price Battery facility. During operations, battery casings were broken open and the lead plates were removed for smelting. The on-site lead smelter, which was dismantled in 1971, produced emissions from its stack that contaminated the residential areas around the facility. In addition to the lead emissions, lead-contaminated battery waste and casings were used as fill material throughout the Borough of Hamburg.

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To date, 555 home exteriors and 402 home interiors of residential properties have been cleaned up.

In August 2015 EPA released for public comment a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) detailing EPAs preferred method for the cleanup of OU-1 (residential) No Further Action and OU-2 (Facility Portion) cleanup of the former Price Battery facility and Kaercher Creek on the facility property. View the updated cleanup plan for Price Battery.


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SITE STATUS

Construction
Complete?
No
Contaminated Ground
Water Status
Under Control
Site-Wide Ready for
Anticipated Use?
No