Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Recticon/Allied Steel Corp. Site covers 5 acres on Route 724 and Wells Road in East Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The area is primarily residential. As early as 1979, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER) detected TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) in ground water in the region. Others have verified the contamination since then. Recticon, a subsidiary of Rockwell International, manufactured silicon wafers during 1974-81. In 1980, a Recticon contractor found TCE in Recticon plant drain lines, in sludge trapped within buried waste lines, and in soils. In May 1981, Recticon removed contaminated soil and transported it to a hazardous waste facility regulated under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Recticon and PA DER entered into a Consent Order and Agreement in October 1981 under which Recticon agreed to pump and treat ground water. The subsequent pumping and treatment, however, have had little effect on the contamination problem. Since 1972, Allied Steel Corp. has fabricated steel on a property 100 feet to the southeast of Recticon. Previous owners of the property did not use the facility for steel fabrication. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Discharge to sewer/surface water
- Inadvertent spill
- Lagoon disposal
- Storage - drums/containers of waste