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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Gryphin Company Incorporated (Formerly: Gilbert Spruance Company) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

EPA visited the facility and met with company representatives on November 4, 2010. EPA is reviewing existing environmental information to determine if further investigation is required. EPA will focus first on the health and groundwater impacts, if any, presented by the facility. Once EPA completes this review process, an environmental indicator determination will be prepared and posted to this website. 

On April 21, 2020, EPA determined that Environmental Indicators for Migration of Contaminated  Groundwater were under control.




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Site Description

Interactive map of Gryphin Company Incorporated (Formerly: Gilbert Spruance Compnay), Philadelphia, PA

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Gilbert Spruance formerly owned and operated the 6.4 acres property located on one city block in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The facility produced industrial solvent and water-based paints and stains, alkyd- and water-based varnish, and nitrocellulose-based lacquer. Hazardous wastes generated at the Site included acetone, n-butyl alcohol, isobutanol, methanol, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene, and xylene solvents. Gilbert Spruance ceased operations at this location in 1993.  

In 1994, Gryphin purchased the assets of the Gilbert Spruance Company, including the 11 building, two-acre site it presently occupies, along with the manufacturing equipment and processes essential for the manufacture and distribution of paint and allied products. Since that time, Gryphin has been engaged in the manufacture of coatings for metal and wood. Gryphin's present product range includes industrial coatings such as epoxy tank coatings, anti-skid coatings, corrosion protection coatings in addition to wood finishing coatings such as stains, fillers, sanding sealers, lacquers, polyurethane, polyesters and conversion varnishes. The line also includes architectural grade paints and home decor products manufactured under the Heritage Village brand name.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Hazardous wastes generated at the Site included acetone, n-butyl alcohol, isobutanol, methanol, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene, and xylene solvents.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional controls, if required, will be determined at the time of remedy selection.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The facility 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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