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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Greene Tweed and Company Incorporated in North Wales, 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.  On 9/30/2014, EPA determined that the Facility met the "Current Human Exposuures under Control"  environmental indicator.


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Site Description

Interactive Map of Greene Tweed and Company Incorporated, North Wales, Pennsylvania

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The Greene Tweed and Company (Greene Tweed) facility began operations at its North Wales location in 1943 as a manufacturer of gasket, packing, and sealing devices. The 11.25 acre property contained two buildings during Greene Tweed's period of operations, which ended in 1987. A third building was constructed at the facility after Greene Tweed sold the property shortly after its operations were discontinued.

The only manufacturing process that generated hazardous waste at the ftcility was the coating tower operation. The coating process consisted of submerging a 40-inch wide belt of square woven cotton cloth into a rubber cement tank to completely coat the cloth. At the end of a production order, the rubber cement remaning in the tank was disposed. Additional waste was generated during cleanup of the coating equipment, using toluene.

The site currently houses a variety of small businesses including LIP Auto Collision (auto body repair), White Enterprises (realty and roofing), and Falcon Environmental (manufacturer d'water-based gel that fights odors). Alliance Graphics (printing company that uses soy-based inks) and IFH, Inc. (manufactures thermocouples) rent space from Shannon Enterprises, while Parts for Lifts, Inc. is a tenant of Falcon Environment. LIP Collision indicated that waste paints and solvents are removed from the site on an as-needed basis by Safety Kleen. Falcon Environmental, Alliance Graphics, IFH, Shannon Enterprises, and Parts for Lifts generate no hazardous waste.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Contaminants of concern are fuel oil and toulene.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

The need for Institutional controls is yet to be determined.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The site is being reused.

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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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