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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Dixie Consumer Products LLC (Formerly: Fort James Corporation) in Easton, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

As part of the Environmental Indicator (EI) inspection and evaluation for Current Human Exposures and Migration of Contaminated Groundwater, a comprehensive record search and review were conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protections (PADEP) and its contractor, Tetra Tech FW Inc. (Tetra).  This undertaking consisted of evaluating the Facility’s manufacturing operations and waste management practices, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit applications, historical spills and releases, documentation of previous site inspections, RCRA closure activities and correspondence between the EPA, PADEP, and the facility.

On June 10, 2004, PADEP and Tetra conducted a site visit.  The visit consisted of a plant tour and information gathering to assess the current status of the Facility.  No obvious areas of concern were identified during the visit.  Based on the site visit and the comprehensive file review, there appears to be no indications of spills or releases that have negatively impacted soil, groundwater, surface water, or air that would lead to adverse impacts to human health or the environment at this time.  EPA has determined that the Facility met the environmental indicators (i.e., there is no contamination problem that creates an unacceptable risk to human health nor is there any evidence of adverse groundwater contamination impact to the environment) on January 30, 2013.

Based the above assessment, on January 2013, EPA proposed no further corrective action or land use controls are necessary at this time at the Facility.  EPA has determined that its proposed decision is protective of human health and the environment as noted in the Corrective Action Statement of Basis.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Dixie Consumer Products LLC, Easton, Pennsylvania

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The Dixie site is a 350,000-square-foot building on 33 acres of land located on the corner of Kesslerville Pike and Kuebler Road in Northampton County, three miles north of Easton, Pennsylvania.  The Facility manufactures and delivers cup dispensers, paper plates, and paper serving platters. The company offers plates, bowls, napkins, and cups; cups and dispensers for kitchens,bathrooms, and on-the-go; and bath cups an bath cup dispensers, and cutlery. Its products are available through a network of retailers in the United States.  Dixie operates as a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific LLC. 

All waste paper from the paper production area is bailed and stored in a bailing room for recycling.  All plastic wastes from the molding cuts in the plastic production area are sent back to the grinding room to be recycled back into production. Water-based inks and glues are recycled and reused.  Hazardous wastes generated from its operations are shipped offsite for proper disposal.

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Contaminants at this Facility

EPA has determined that the there is no contamination problem that creates an unacceptable risk to human health nor is there any evidence of adverse groundwater contamination impact to the environment.

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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

    RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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