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