Honeywell International / Allied Signal
(Petrowax / Quaker State / Emlenton Refining Co.)
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EPA Project Manager
Mr. Griff Miller
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3407
Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
PADEP Project Manager
Mr. Christopher Schiappa
Northwest Regional Office
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: (814) 332-6694
- The Final Report for the former Honeywell International facility was approved by PADEP in November 2009; contingencies to this approval were satisfied and acknowledged by PADEP in February 2010. EPA issued a Statement of Basis proposing that Corrective Action was Complete with Controls in March 2010, and the Final Decision of Corrective Action Complete with Controls became effective May 3, 2010. This Final Decision includes institutional and engineering controls that were codified in an environmental covenant, which may be viewed at:
- Facility Boundary Map of the instutional and engineering controls which can be viewed here using Google Maps <
- The controls on the facility include a restriction on the withdrawal or use of groundwater beneath the facility for any purposes; a restriction on land use to prevent residential, recreational, or residential-style use or occupation of the facility property (excepting the fenced Rail-to-Trail area that runs through the facility near the river bank); and a restriction on development or excavation in or near the Former Waste Disposal Area and an obligation to maintain vegetative cover and surface drainage features in this area.
- The former Honeywell facility is located in Emlenton, Venango County, PA. The facility occupies 50 acres adjacent to the Allegheny River on the western border of the town. Oil refining operations occurred at the facility from the 1890s until 1980 under different ownerships. Petrowax bought the facility in 1990 and converted it to the manufacture of petroleum waxes. In 1999, Allied Signal purchased Honeywell Incorporated and retained the name Honeywell International. In February 2000, Honeywell ceased all production operations at the plant.
- Primary contaminants at the facility included benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, trimethylbenzenes, arsenic, and lead. Soil, groundwater, and (to a lesser extent) surface water were the media impacted by the contaminants. Each of these contaminated media were remediated through several efforts, including excavation of soil, pumping and treating groundwater, a series of subsurface pipe removals, and the installation of a phyto-barrier of native plants and trees along the river bank to contain and degrade any residual groundwater contamination remaining. Since contamination remains in soil and groundwater above levels considered protective of unrestricted use, institutional controls were required to prevent groundwater use at the facility and limit land use to non-residential purposes.
- Primary contaminants at the facility included benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, trimethylbenzenes, arsenic, and lead.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [PDF, 9 pages, 29 KB, About ]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [PDF, 8 pages, 26 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Convenant [PDF, 47 pages, 20.3 MB, About PDF]
- Statement of Basis [PDF, 9 pages, 46 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 site is unused.
- 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. Griff Miller (215) 814-3407.