EPA Removes Recticon/Allied Steel Site in Pennsylvania from Superfund List
Superfund Site in East Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania is being deleted from the Superfund National Priorities List after 29 years.
Yesterday, September 18, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Recticon/Allied Steel Corp. Superfund Site in Pennsylvania will be removed from the National Priorities List (commonly known as Superfund).
The National Priorities List is a roster of the nation’s most contaminated sites that threaten human health or the environment. The sites on the list are eligible for cleanup under EPA’s Superfund program. EPA removes sites from the list once all the remedies are successfully implemented and no further cleanup is required to protect human health or the environment. EPA has continued to build on steady Superfund deletions, now with 12 sites deleted and 3 partially deleted sites since October 2017. Just last month, EPA announced the de-listing of a site in Morgantown, West Virginia.
“Completing Superfund cleanups continues to be a priority at EPA as we work to create a safer and healthier environment for all communities affected,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “Removing the Recticon/Allied Steel Corp. site from the list represents an important step toward achieving this goal.”
The five-acre site, which was placed on the National Priorities List in 1989, consists of two properties: the former Recticon facility and the Allied Steel Products Corporation facility. Historical operations and spills at the site contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. EPA selected a final cleanup option for Site contamination in a Record of Decision (ROD) in June 1993. EPA divided the Site remedial work into components or operable units (OUs) to facilitate management of the remedial process. A Five-Year Review was conducted in 2015 and confirmed the groundwater cleanup levels had been achieved.
On December 15, 2017, EPA issued the Final Close Out Report for the site documenting that all performance standards at the site have been achieved and that no additional Superfund response actions are necessary to protect human help and the environment.
Cleanup work included excavation and offsite disposal of contaminated soils, and installation of a groundwater extraction and treatment system in combination with bioremediation to address contaminated groundwater. A water line was also constructed to provide municipal water to 14 nearby businesses and residences.
Both properties that comprise the site are currently being reused by commercial businesses.
For more information about the site, visit EPA's website here.
A Redfield is real property with known environmental contaminants or conditions that the owner, the government or a reliable third party have determined is in need of remediation as a prerequisite to future development—to mitigate potential human health risks or to comply with environmental laws. Unlike a Brownfield, there is no doubt about whether a Redfield requires remediation.