Groundwater Treatment System at PA Superfund Site Finished After Receiving Additional Funding
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided $2.9 million in funding.
- By Alex Saurman
- May 19, 2023
The cleanup of a Superfund site in Pennsylvania is one step closer to being complete.
According to a news release, on May 19, the EPA announced that the groundwater treatment system at the Chem Fab Superfund Site in Doylestown, Pennsylvania—about 30 miles north of Philadelphia—was finished. Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) totaling $2.9 million has allowed the cleanup work to take place more quickly.
“This historic funding boost from the BIL invests $3.5 billion in Superfund cleanups nationally, making a dramatic impact on EPA’s ability to address legacy pollution that threatens the health of communities across the country,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz in a news release. “By expediting these cleanups, we’re ensuring the protection of affected communities and moving these sites closer in the direction for potential redevelopment.”
Chem Fab, Inc. was an electroplating and metal etching facility from 1965 to 1978, per the EPA and the Bucks County Courier Times, during which it also “stored and disposed of processing chemicals on-site.” Volatile organic compounds have been found in groundwater and nearby wells.
The EPA is accepting comments on its proposed cleanup plan regarding soil and sediment at this site until June 9. The agency will also be hosting a meeting on May 31, which can be attended in person or virtually, to hear public comments.
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Editor’s note: The headline has been edited as it was the EPA who announced the completion as opposed to the EPA completing the work.
Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.