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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: World Kitchens LLC, Charleroi Plant in Charleroi, Pennsylvania

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The facility have completed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action requirements and a Statement of Basis has been completed and a public notice has been issued by the EPA.  The Corrective Action Final Remedy, issued on May 13, 2014, requires compliance with an Institutional Control Covenant that restricts the Facility property used for residential purposes and from using groundwater for any purpose.

The facility has had several remediation actions to date.  The most recent was the approval from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) of the Act 2 Final report.  During the Act 2 contaminated  soil was removed, groundwater monitoring conducted and there was remediation in 2002.

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Site Description

Interactive map of World Kitchens LLC, Charleroi Plant, Charleroi, PA

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World Kitchen manufactures tableware and kitchenware by utilizing continuous operating processes involving glass batch mixing, controlled melting in melt furnaces, and final fishing and decorating of the products.  This is a 22 acre property located on the west bank of the Monongahela River in Charleroi Borough, Washington County there are 63 structures that occupy 13.8 acres of the site, 61 structures were constructed between 1892 and 1988.  The property was protected by a security fence and guarded entrances.  The property was purchased in 1893 by George A. Macbeth & Co which produced lamp chimneys.  1895 and 1899 Macbeth Glass merged with Thomas Evans & Co. and became Macbeth-Evans Glass Company. 1916 Macbeth-Evans purchased Hamilton Bottle works.  Corning Glass works Merged with Macbeth-Evans Glass Company in 1936.  Before 1940 Corning Glass works produced television tube glass in addition to house ware products. July 27 1989 name changed to “Corning Incorporated”. January 2, 1992, Change of owner ship to Corning Consumer Products Company. In April 1, 1998 the Name changed to World Kitchen Inc due to Borden Incorporated purchasing Corning Consumer Products. 2002 company filed for bankruptcy.  2004 the company has been privately held.  On May 10, 2006 name was changed to World Kitchen LLC.

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Contaminants at this Facility

Arsenic concentrations remaining in Facility soils meet Non-Residential MSCs, however, some contaminants remain in concentrations above their applicable Residential medium-specific concentrations (MSCs). Therefore, EPA's Corrective Action Objective for Facility soils is to control exposure to the hazardous constituents remaining in soils.

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

Institutional Controls restricts the Facility property used for residential purposes and from using groundwater for any purpose.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The facility is being reused.

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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 with assistance from the Pennsylvania DEP.

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