Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway
Conditions at proposal (January 22, 1987): The Paoli Rail Yard covers about 30 acres in Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The yard consists of an electric train repair facility owned by Amtrak and operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Routine maintenance and repair of railroad cars involve PCB-containing electrical equipment. The yard is surrounded on three sides by residential communities and on the fourth by commercial facilities. Until February 1986, people used the yard as a shortcut to the station and commercial properties. In the late 1970s, both EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PA DER) inspected the Paoli Rail Yard. This inspection, coupled with subsequent State investigations, led PA DER to issue an order in 1979 requiring Amtrak, SEPTA, and Conrail to determine the extent of contamination and correct any problem areas. The companies took actions primarily involving collection of samples, some cleanup, and further study. In November 1985, analyses of samples taken in July 1984 by a consultant to the companies were provided to EPA. They indicated a severe PCB problem, with soil contamination as high as 3 percent and to depths of up to 3 feet. In December 1985, a team consisting of staff from EPA, the U.S. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Storage - finished product