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Superfund Site Report: STRASBURG LANDFILL
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Strasburg Landfill covers 22 acres near Coatesville in western Newlin Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1973, Strasburg Associates was formed and purchased the site. In 1975, Strasburg Associates received a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER) to accept municipal wastes. During 1976-78, opening of the landfill was held up by problems between the company and West Bradford Township concerning (1) use of "residentially zoned" roads, (2) proposed sale of the landfill to Strasburg Landfill Associates, and (3) permitting of a proposed 200-acre expansion. Strasburg Landfill Associates purchased the site in August 1978. In February 1979, the 22-acre landfill opened under new PA DER permits for certain industrial wastes. Between 500 and 600 tons of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) wastes were accepted at the landfill in 1979, according to EPA. Several potentially responsible parties who disposed of waste in the landfill have been identified. PA DER fined Strasburg Landfill Associates $7,000 in December 1979 for causing excessive silting of Briar Run Creek. In August 1980, PA DER permanently prohibited the landfill from receiving industrial wastes. PA DER fined the company $53,025 in April 1983 for violations, including slopes in excess of allowed limits, failure to cover compacted wastes, and inadequate sedimentation controls.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Landfill
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Soil and an on-site well are contaminated with VOCS and HEAVY METALS including LEAD and COPPER from former disposal practices. Drinking water in three private off-site wells downgradient of the site contains VOCS. Briar Run Creek contains various VOCS. Consumption of contaminated ground water and direct contact with contaminated liquids on the site pose potential health risks. Access to the landfill was restricted by a large fence however leachate still seeps under the fence in several locations making it possible for people and animals to come into direct contact with contaminated liquids.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: 501 - 1,000
    Aquifer discharges into: Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: No data
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for STRASBURG LANDFILL:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:

    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., PENNSYLVANIA, or in CHESTER County by EPA Hazard Ranking Scores.

    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    EPA ID: PAD000441337
    Address: STRASBURG RD
    NEWLIN TWP, PA 19320
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Landfill
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: March 31, 1989
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the STRASBURG LANDFILL Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 57
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 11 - 50
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: 26 - 50%

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the STRASBURG LANDFILL Superfund site.
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