GROWS Inc. Landfill
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EPA Project Manager
Office of Pennsylvania Remediation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-202
PADEP Facilities Supervisor
Mr. James Wentzel
PADEP Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Phone: (484) 250-5960
This facility is one of EPA Region III’s high priority RCRA corrective action sites.
The GROWS Landfill is a closed Municipal Waste Landfill. As such, current and future access is restricted to required operation and maintenance activity. The facility is fenced to prevent unauthorized access. Current and future groundwater use is restricted to monitoring and maintenance activities.
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) routinely inspects the facility for compliance with its permit requirements (Solid Waste Permit No. 100148). Groundwater is monitored as part of the Facility-wide monitoring required under the State Permit. There are currently 22 groundwater monitoring wells; 3 upgradient wells and 19 downgradient wells. The groundwater is monitored on a quarterly schedule, as prescribed by the State Permits.
Leachate from the landfill is collected and transported by pipe to an on-site treatment system. The leachate is either pretreated and discharges to the Morrisville Wastewater Treatment Plant (up to 650,000 gallons per day), or fully treated and discharged to the Delaware River. On January 8, 2001, EPA determined with Pennsylvania's help, that both the Human Exposures and Groundwater Environmental Indicators have been met. PADEP re-issued the Solid Waste Permit on 2/9/2000, and the RCRA post-closure permit on December 22, 2003. EPA believes that the past actions and current/future requirements under the permits address the corrective action issues and, therefore, EPA is not contemplating additional work at this time.
The Facility is located at Bordentown Road and New Ford Mill Road, Falls Township, Lower Bucks County, PA. It is situated on approximately 457 acres of land at a bend in the Delaware River. The landfill areas occupy approximately 316 acres of the Facility. It is surrounded by the Pennsbury Manor State Park and the Delaware River to the south, man-made lakes to the west and northwest, and industrial property to the east and northeast (Figures 1 and 2).
The Facility is currently operating as a closed landfill. The closure requirements are contained in PADEP RCRA Permit No. PAD 000 429 589 and PADEP Solid Waste Permit No. 100148. All landfill areas have a final cover in place, consisting of a cap, drainage layer and vegetated soil cover. Some of the older areas of the landfill have a clay cap while the remaining areas have a geosynthetic cap. The Facility has a comprehensive groundwater and surface water monitoring system.
EPA has evaluated the closure and post-closure measures taken at the Facility under the PADEP permits. On-going groundwater sampling shows that releases from the Facility are controlled by the cap structures and leachate collection system.
RCRA Corrective Action activities at this facility are “State-Lead” which means on-going monitoring requirements are being directed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) through the RCRA permitting program.
The PADEP Solid Waste Permit and RCRA Permit impose land-use restrictions on the property. Current and future access is restricted to required operation and maintenance activity. The facility is fenced to prevent unauthorized access. Current and future groundwater use is restricted to monitoring and maintenance activities.
- Some of the site's key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [PDF, 1443 KB, 8 pages, About PDF]
- Draft Corrective Action Permit [PDF, 24 KB, 4 pages, About PDF]
- Environemental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures[PDF, 3988 KB, 9 pages, About PDF]
- Environemental Indicator Determination - Groundwater[PDF, 3938 KB, 9 pages, About PDF]
- Fact Sheet (PDF, 2pp, 75k)
- 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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For more information about EPA’s corrective action webpage, including Environmental Indicators, please visit our site at: www.epa.gov/reg3wcmd/ca/correctiveaction.htm