Bethlehem Apparatus Co. Inc
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In 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and its contractor (Baker) conducted a site inspection at the facility. The inspection evaluated two key environmental indicators (EIs): (1) current human exposures and (2) migration of contaminated groundwater to determine whether any unacceptable risk to human health and/or the environment is ongoing at the facility. The EPA is currently reviewing the findings of the Environmental Indicator Inspection Report to determine if further investigation is required. EPA will issue its’ determination of the status of the facility in the coming months. An environmental indicator determination will be prepared and posted to this website.
Bethlehem Apparatus Company recycles/reclaims mercury from mercury bearing hazardous waste. The facility processes a wide variety of solid and liquid mercury bearing wastes. The reclaimed mercury is transport to the Bethlehem Apparatus Company Hellertown, PA facility for further refining by distillation for sale to commercial and industrial users.
The facility is an approximately 38,400-square foot facility, which includes an office area, a paved receiving lot, a material sorting and preparation area with various safety and handling equipment, an enclosed and covered container storage area, six high vacuum mercury retorts and associated equipment, a high vacuum auto-feed retort system, a calomel (mercurous chloride) process area and a research and development laboratory. All hazardous and non-hazardous waste, raw material, and product handling and storage activities are conducted within the enclosed building. The facility does not make use of hazardous waste disposal, waste piles, land treatment or application, or surface impoundments.
Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 9 pages, 1959 KB, AboutPDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures[PDF, 9 pages, 3940 KB, AboutPDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater[PDF, 10 pages, 4380 KB, AboutPDF]
- 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
(215) ) 814-3113
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 site's future use is yet to be determined.
For more information about EPA's corrective action webpage, including Environmental Indicators, please visit our site at: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/ca/correctiveaction.htm