National Forge Co.
Ellwood Group Inc. (EGI)
On This Page
EPA Project Manager
Khai M. Dao
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 814-5467
PA DEP Project Manager
Mr. Joe Fair
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 332-6848
In 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that the Facility completed the requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action. A summary of the environmental investigation and remediation completed under the RCRA Corrective Action program is presented in theStatement of Basis document[ 12 pp, 1421KB , About
PDF]. The Facility will continue to comply with the PADEP Solid Waste Permit and institutional controls (ICs) that restrict certain land and groundwater uses at the Facility. This determination of "Corrective Action Complete with Controls" is consistent with EPA's February 2003 Final Guidance on Completion of Corrective Action Activities at RCRA Facilities (reference 68 FR 8757).
The Facility is formerly known as the National Forge Company (NFC). It is located in Irvine, Pennsylvania, a rural community about 60 miles southeast of Erie, PA. The facility encompasses 323 acres with 46 acres of developed property and 578,000 sq. ft. of plant/buildings under roof. The site is situated on the banks of Brokenstraw Creek and is located in the High Plateau Section of the Appalachian Plateaus Province of PA. An aerial view of the Facility is presented in Figure 1.
The Facility was founded in 1915 by Clinton Wilder. The Wilder family later sold the company to its employees in 1995. It remained as an employee-owned company until 2003 when the EGI acquired the assets of the NFC out of bankruptcy. EGI restructured the former NFC facility into two subsidiaries with separate RCRA ID numbers, the Ellwood National Forge (PAR000508226) and the Ellwood National Crankshaft (PAR000508226). EGI closed the steel melting and forging operations at the facility and transferred the work to EGI's New Castle and Ellwood City plants.
The Ellwood National Forge facility creates products for a wide range of highly specialized applications, including hard target penetrators and artillery components, pipe molds, rotors for power generation, wind turbine shafts and other relatively high length/width ratio products with a bored interior diameter.
The Ellwood National Crankshaft facility manufactures of new and reconditioned crankshafts for medium speed engines in the 800 to 6000 horsepower range. These engines are used in a variety of applications including diesel-electric locomotives, marine use for propulsion and auxiliary power generation, stationary power, and gas compression.
Constituents of concern were polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
(PAHs), acenaphthene, anthracene, fluorene, phenanthrene, and pyrene.
Institutional Controls restrict use of land to non-residential use, and also groundwater to non-potable use.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Final Decision & Response to Comments[ 18 pp, 1.41 MB , About PDF]
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis [ 12 pp, 1421KB , About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [ 11 pp, 281 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [ 11 pp, 280 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.
|National Forge Co.|
Click on a thumbnail to enlarge the photo)
The Site is under continued use.