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Superfund Site Report: FOOTE MINERAL CO.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (February 7, 1992): The Foote Mineral Co. site covers 79 acres on Bacton Hill Road in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The site is bordered on the northwest by Conrail tracks and on the west by Church Farm School property. Since 1988, the company has been a part of Cyprus Specialty Metals Co. Foote has manufactured LITHIUM halides and LITHIUM metal products in both liquid and solid form since 1942. In addition, Foote custom-grinds a variety of minerals and alloys. In the past, the company produced inorganic fluxes for the steel industry and other metal products. Various disposal practices have been used over the years. Large amounts of LITHIUM waste waters were disposed of into a former limestone quarry known as the "wet quarry" until 1975, when Foote stopped the disposal under orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Until 1966, municipal wastes, demolition debris, and waste water from cleaning drums contaminated with LITHIUM were disposed of in a nearby "dry quarry." The wet quarry contains approximately 50 feet of waste material; the dry quarry, 15 feet.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Landfill
    • Other
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Contaminants of concern include LITHIUM, BORON, CHROMIUM, VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) and other organics. On-site monitoring wells are contaminated with HEAVY METALS including LITHIUM, CHROMIUM, ARSENIC, and ANTIMONY, and VOCS. BORON, LITHIUM and CHROMIUM were also detected in off-site public and private wells.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    CHROMIUM (CR6+)X    
    COPPER    X
    LEAD    X
    TOLUENE    X
    ZINC    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for FOOTE MINERAL CO.:

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    *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
    Site Name: FOOTE MINERAL CO.
    EPA ID: PAD077087989
    Address: 15 S BACTON HILL RD
    FRAZER, PA 19355
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Mines/Tailings
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: October 14, 1992
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the FOOTE MINERAL CO. Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 1
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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