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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Paul Gotthold
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3410
- The Lord Kinematics facility ("Facility"or "Lord") performed a facility wide investigation of environmental conditions under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP's) Act 2 (Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act) Program. The results of this investigation revealed the presence of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in the groundwater at levels above the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).
- In August 1998, Lord submitted an Act 2 Notice of Intent to Remediate (NIR) to PADEP, notified Borough of Cambridge Springs and posted a notice in a local newspaper.
- In February 1999, PADEP approved the overall Site Remedial Investigation/Risk Assessment.
- In December 2000, Lord submitted to EPA a technical study on Remedial Technology Screening.
- In April 2003, Lord submitted to PADEP a Final Phytoremediation Work Plan.
- In May 2003, PADEP approved the Act 2 Final Report submitted on behalf of Lord pursuant to Act 2 and indicated the Facility attained a site specific standard. In addition, PADEP required a deed notice.
- In February 2007, based on the 2003 phytoremediation work plan, Lord indicated that collection of groundwater elevation data had been discontinued and there was no projected monitoring or reporting in 2007 and thereafter. The phytoremediation barrier would continue to be maintained with periodic trimmings and tree replacement as necessary.
- In March 2008, EPA issued a RCRA Corrective Action Statement of Basis and an Agency Determination for Corrective Action Complete with Controls. PADEP's approval of Lord's post remedial plan activities required Lord to prohibit the use of groundwater for potable purposes through a deed restriction and to include a Erie County deed notice of contamination at the site.
- The Lord Corporation purchased the Cambridge Springs site in 1966 from a Company called White Industries. Occupying approximately 16.6 acres, the Facility is bordered by the Cambridge Springs Borough Wastewater treatment plant and French Creek to the north, undeveloped land and Jackson Run (a tributary of French Creek) to the west, and residential housing and light industrial properties to the south and east. Since 1966, Lord has manufactured elastomer to metal bonded products (rubber bonded to various metals). Hazardous wastes associated with this process include chlorinated solvents, non-chlorinated solvents, spent chemical treatment solutions, sludge from wastewater treatment solutions, and lead containing ash from a pyrolysis furnace.
- Hazardous wastes at sthe site include chlorinated solvents, non-chlorinated solvents, spent chemical treatment solutions, sludge from wastewater treatment solutions, and lead containing ash from a pyrolysis furnace including tetrachloroethylene (PCE). Based upon the remediation work , Lord indicated that collection of groundwater elevation data had been discontinued and there was no projected monitoring or reporting after 2007.
- Controls include prohibit the use of groundwater for potable purposes through a deed restriction and to include a Erie County deed notice of contamination at the site.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis[PDF, 21 pages, 9.5 MB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 11 pages, 32 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 11 pages, 31 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
Get instructions on how to submit a FOIA request. Additional fee for requests over 100 pages.
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- The facility 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. Paul Gotthold (215) 814-3410.