GE Betz Inc. Trevose
(Formerly: GE Water & Process Tech.)
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EPA/state is reviewing existing environmental information to determine if further investigation is required. EPA/State will focus first on the health and groundwater impacts, if any, presented by the facility. Once EPA/state completes this review process, an environmental indicator determination will be prepared and posted to this website.
The Betz Laboratories, Inc. (Betz) facility is located in Trevose, within the municipality of Bensalem Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is currently known as GE Water and Process Technologies (GEWT), which primarily conducts research and development activities in support of the production of water and process chemicals. The total facility complex area is 96 acres.
Currently, the facility operates a research and development center on the portion of the property (Lot 1). A wooded area to the north (Lot 2), adjoining the Poquessing Creek was sold to a developer in the early 2000s. The two lots are similar in area, occupying approximately 46 acres each.
This facility previously had a production plant, electrical substation, water tower, tank farm, a skimmer building, a hazardous waste storage building. Parking lots separated the facilities from corporate headquarters, administration, and research and development offices along Somerton Road. The production plant, tank farm and skimmer building were removed during the plant decommissioning activities from 1989 to 1991. During a March 10, 2009 site visit, a fitness building and a training building were present at the general location of the production plant, tank farm and skimmer building in the southwestern corner of Lot 1. These buildings were physically separated from the pilot plant building, research and development laboratory, and administrative offices. The water tower continued to be present. The facility was surrounded by a chain-link fence around its perimeter with a security entrance. Reading Railroad traversed the eastern boundary of Lot 1 in a generally northeast-to-southwest direction.
Contaminated soil and groundwater at Lot 1 of the facility was investigated and remedial activities were conducted in the early 1990s; approximately 4,300 tons of contaminated soil were removed and groundwater monitoring was conducted. The final round of monitoring in 1993 detected petroleum solvent constituents.
Lot 2 was investigated during 2003 and 2004 as part of the due diligence activities prior to the divestiture of Lot 2. Soil in Lot 2 was the primary focus of the investigation; although groundwater and sediment samples were also collected at selected locations. Ten wells were sampled on Lot 2. None of the 22 groundwater samples, collected during the Phase II investigation, were reported to have contained any constituent exceeding their Used Aquifer Residential MSCs. Based on the western groundwater flow direction and Phase II analytical groundwater data, it appears that contaminated groundwater on Lot 1 has not migrated onto Lot 2. In April 2008, PADEP reviewed and approved the Final Report for Lot 2 in accordance with Act 2. Lot 2 continues to be wooded and it is reported to be visited by trespassers for recreational motorcycling.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposure[PDF, 8 pages, 1.1 MB, 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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