Update on Clean Up
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing an update on the cleanup of the Chem Fab Superfund Site. In the Spring of 2021 EPA plans to start construction work at the Chem Fab Site to build a groundwater treatment plant. The purpose of this project is to begin cleaning up the groundwater at the Site.
During initial phases of work, the community should expect to see surveying, utility work, and temporary fencing installation. Once construction begins, expect to see heavy equipment such as dump trucks, excavators, dozers, skid steers, compaction rollers, cement trucks, and tractor trailers delivering equipment and materials. A mobile crane will also be used during erection of the pre-engineered metal building (the treatment plant). Some tree clearing may be required, but only those trees directly in the path of the new access road, the new building footprint, and the laydown yard. Tree trimming may be required to clear access for equipment. Asphalt paving equipment will be present to complete the access road.
The construction team’s regular workdays will be from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Weekend workdays will be Saturday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Site work will not typically be performed on Sunday. Delivery Route Trucks delivering equipment and construction materials are expected to travel south along North Broad Street and turn right onto the Site at 400 N Broad Street.
Erosion control measures will be put into place during mobilization to protect the Cooks Run watershed from receiving excess sediment and to control stormwater runoff. These measures will include perimeter and interior controls, such as silt fencing and other filtering devices, will be used at the Site. Air monitoring will be conducted as needed and prevailing winds.
Chem Fab Superfund Site Virtual Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting: March 30, 2021
EPA is working with the Community Advisory Group (CAG) and will participate in the upcoming virtual CAG meeting on March 30, 2021 7:00 PM Conference Line: (484) 352-3221 Conference Code: 888081069. The virtual meeting allows us to comply with current social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other local, state, and federal health advice, while still providing the community with the opportunity to learn about the status of the cleanup of the Site. As we navigate our way through this unique time, the health and safety of our staff, contractors, and the communities we serve is our top priority.
To learn more about the Chem Fab Site, scan the attached QR Code with your smartphone or visit the website below: www.epa.gov/superfund/chemfab noted during construction activities. If dusty conditions are present, measures will be taken to reduce dust which may include the use of water trucks, shifting of work areas, and/or changing of tasks to reduce or eliminate dust generating activities. In the unlikely event that contaminated soils are encountered, air monitoring will be implemented, the soils segregated, and stockpiles covered to allow testing prior to being removed from the Site.
The Community’s Role
EPA invites the community members to attend the virtual community meeting on March 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM to learn about the cleanup of the Chem Fab Site and to learn about the potential impacts to the community during the construction of the treatment plant. Virtual CAG meeting details are as follows: Conference Line (484) 352-3221 and the Conference Code is 888081069.