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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Caterpillar Tractor Company in York, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

The Caterpillar Tractor facility achieved a “Yes” determination for the Current Human Exposures Under Control Environmental Indicator (EI) in September 2014. The facility has been redeveloped and the groundwater is undergoing remediation. In September 2017, EPA determined the Migration of Contaminated Groundwater under Control Environmental Indicator (EI)  was achieved.   




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Site Description

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The facility is currently the York Business Center (YBS).  It is a warehouse and distribution center.

Caterpillar, Incorporated once operated as a Precision Barstock Products manufacturer.  The manufacturing facility included two primary buildings located in the central portion of the facility.  These two buildings accounted for approximately 34 acres.  Numerous other buildings were located throughout the site.  As a manufacturing facility, Caterpillar produced an assortment of component parts for Caterpillar tractors, which were assembled in various facilities around the world. The initial manufacturing plant (Building B) began operation in 1953.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Historically, Caterpillar has experienced documented and undocumented releases of machining oil, lubricating oil, kerosene, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the groundwater as a result of various manufacturing processes. Quarterly groundwater monitoring was documented from 1993 to 1996 in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) files. Since then , PADEP Act 2 Statewide Health Standards for VOCs, P AHs, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and metals in groundwater have been attained at the site compliance point, the downgradient property line. The report also indicates that although specific areas of residual contamination do exist within the site boundary, they will not migrate to the site compliance point at concentrations exceeding statewide health standards.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

    Engineering Controls for groundwater will be required.

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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 Pennsylvania DEP with assistance from EPA Region 3.

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