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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Kevin Bilash
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-2796
PADEP Project Manager
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
Phone: (570) 826-2498
Lockheed Martin elected to finalize EPA and PADEP cleanup activities under the One Cleanup Memorandum of Agreement. EPA and PADEP agreed to Lockheed Martin’s participation in the One Cleanup Program in March 2013. Lockheed Martin is finalizing a Final Report documenting the remedial activities, remediation, and details of post-closure proposals that is expected to be submitted in early 2014.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense (formerly Weston Controls and Loral Systems) is located in Archbald, Pennsylvania. The facility is engaged in the assembly of electronic instruments and controls for the following areas: computerized non-contact thickness gauging systems for metal rolling operations, nuclear instrumentation and control systems for the Navy, and electronic communication jamming armament devices for the Department of Defense. The basic process involves material inspection, metal fabrication, electronics assembly, finished product assembly, quality assurance testing, and packaging and shipping.
Various quantities of paints, transmission and cooling oils, degreasers (Freon and ketones), industrial solvents, paint thinners (xylenes), and compressed gases (halon 1301, ammonia, carbon dioxide, acetylene) are used in the manufacturing process. The facility was noted to be an existing facility since April 1, 1951.
A Final Environmental Indicator (EI) Inspection Report was submitted in December 2005. This summarized historic Corrective Action information contained in EPA and PADEP files to date.
The EI Report indicated detections of Trichloroethylene (TCE) in groundwater have been documented at the facility above EPA Drinking Water Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).
A Site Characterization Report dated January 2009 was submitted and reviewed by EPA and PADEP. Results indicated elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride, 1,1,1-TCA, and 1,2-DCE) in the soil and groundwater in the immediate area of a waste neutralization building that was demolished. A Proposal for Site Investigation and Groundwater Sampling was received August 11, 2009. The plan was approved and Lockheed Martin conducted the investigation.
Based on the results of this latest sampling, Lockheed Martin submitted a Remedial Action Plan on March 29, 2010. Since the source of the TCE, stained soils, were removed during demolition, Lockheed Martin proposed monitoring of the groundwater to document that volatile organic compounds found in the groundwater are not migrating or impacting human health or the environment. Additionally, it was identified that a vapor intrusion investigation was warranted due to the TCE concentration observed in groundwater. A work plan was submitted by Lockheed Martin and approved by EPA and PADEP in August 2010. Draft air sampling results do not indicate that vapor intrusion is a concern at the facility. Final results are expected to be presented in the Final Report to be submitted in early 2014.
Primary contaminants of concern are volatile orgranic compounds (VOC) and lead.
Institutional Controls enforced via environmental covenant include:
The Facility Property shall be restricted to use as non-residential property, as defined by the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, 35 P.S. § 6026.103;
Groundwater from beneath the Facility Property shall not be used for drinking water and commercial agricultural use(s), including, but not limited to, irrigation of crops, watering of livestock, and food production, processing, or packaging without appropriate treatment and/or approval provided by the PADEP.
An engineering control, in the form of an impermeable asphalt cap over the former WWTF is currently in place and will be maintained to limit or minimize future migration of residual VOCs and lead in subsurface soils. The presence of this asphalt pavement will also minimize infiltration of precipitation through the impacted soils.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [ 23 pp, 536 About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [ 11 pp, 281, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [ 9 pp, 164 KB, About PDF]
- Documents and reports regarding this facility also can be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region III
Land & Chemicals Division
1650 Arch Street-11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Submit a FOIA Request
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The facility site is under continued use.
- The EPA is dedicated to providing you with timely and accurate information about our work at this site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact EPA Project Manager: Mr Ken Bilash (215) 814-2796