Public Meeting on the Superfund Site

The Haverford Township Civic Council announced that a public meeting regarding the Superfund site on Eagle Road will be held Thursday (6/27) at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is at the Haverford Township Quatrani Building on 2325 Darby Road.

Superfund is the federal government’s program to clean up the nation’s uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. (EPA)

The following excerpt comes from the email announcement:

The management of the Havertown PCP Superfund site on Eagle Road transferred from the federal EPA to Pennsylvania DEP on June 24, 2013.

Josh Barber replaces Jill Lowe from the EPA, and served as the Havertown PCP Superfund Site Project Manager during this phase of planning and implementation.   Tim Cherry is the DEP official that will serve as the site’s Project Manager after the transfer.   Both Josh Barber and Tim Cherry will speak and answer questions.

According to Mr. Barber from EPA, “Just to clarify, PADEP will be taking over the Operation and Maintenance of the Site, e.g., treatment plant, long-term monitoring, etc., but the Site will still be a Superfund Site as cleanup levels have not yet been met.  The simplest way to think about it is that EPA and DEP are reversing roles at the Site.”

For more info, please contact Sue Cook at Haverford Township, 610-446-1000

Site Background

  • From 1947 to 1991, National Wood Preservers ran a wood treatment operation on this site in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
  • The company reportedly disposed of liquid waste in a well leading to groundwater under the plant. The wastes where mostly oil contaminated with pentachlorophenol (PCP).
  • The liquid wastes leaked into nearby Naylor’s Run, a small stream that flows through a residential area and then empties into the Delaware River.
    Liquid wastes were also spilled on the surface, contaminating soil in the area.

For information about the clean-up that has been done in the past 35 years, and to learn about the status of the site, visit  http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/npl/PAD002338010.htm .

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