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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Avery Dennison - Fasson Roll Division in Quakertown, Pennsylvania

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    Cleanup Status

    EPA sets national goals to measure progress toward meeting the nation’s major environmental goals.  For Corrective Action, EPA evaluates two key environmental indicators for each facility: (1) current human exposures under control and (2) migration of contaminated groundwater under control.  In January 2000, EPA determined, with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) input, that both the Human Exposures and Groundwater Environmental Indicators have been met. 

    This facility has conducted several cleanup operations following releases of solvent based adhesives and fuel oil. Cleanup activities have included the removal and disposal of the released material, contaminated soil and gravel; and the operation of a groundwater pump and treat system from 1987 until 1992.

    Follow-up sampling of soil and groundwater in 1999 confirmed that the chemical release areas are no longer contaminated.

    After a thorough site inspection of the facility, and an evaluation of past environmental cleanup activities and current operating procedures, EPA believes that no further corrective action is necessary at the facility at this time.

    EPA issued a Corrective Action Statement of Basis (SB) on March 31, 2000. The SB described the environmental conditions at the site and asked for public comments on EPA's tentative decision to require no further action at the facility. A Corrective Action Final Decision to require no further action at this time was issued by EPA on May 18, 2000.

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    Site Description

    Interactive Map of Avery Dennison - Fasson Roll Division, Quakertown, Pennsylvania

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    The facility is located at 35 Penn-Am Drive in Richland Township, one mile northwest of the Quakertown Borough boundary, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Facility manufactures self-adhesive papers, films, and foils. It has been in operation since July 1970.

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    Contaminants at this Facility

    Primary contaminants included acidic/caustic wastes and cyanide-containing wastes from the Facility's plating processes.

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    Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Institutional Controls were not required at the facility.

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    Land Reuse Information at this Facility

    The facility is under continued use.

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    Site Responsibility at this Facility

    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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