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EPA Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region III
1650 Arch Street
Mail code: 3LC30
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
PA DEP Project Manager
Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
Phone: (570) 826-2498
Venezia elected to perform an investigation under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency (PADEP) One Cleanup Program Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which allows facilities who voluntarily enter the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2) to simultaneously satisfy outstanding Corrective Action concerns. The investigation was completed and Venezia submitted an Act 2 Remedial Investigation/Final Report in March 2011 that demonstrated remediation of Volatile Organic Compounds in the subsurface from operation of the former lagoons to a Site Specific Standard (SSS). Based on this information, EPA selected compliance with and maintenance of institutional controls as the Final Remedy for the Venezia, Inc. facility located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania (the Facility) on 8/17/12. This is based on the findings as detailed in the Statement of Basis.
Because the Facility met SSS for migration to groundwater from contaminated soils related to the former lagoons, the final decision relies upon compliance with and maintenance of activity and use limitations as described in the Environmental Covenant that prohibit use of onsite groundwater for potable purposes and requires notification to PADEP regarding any transfer or change in use of the Property if it will affect the contamination on the Property.
The Facility consists of approximately 10 acres located on Route 248 in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The eastern, southern, and western portions of the Facility are bordered by agricultural land. The Essroc Cement Company quarry is located to the North. The Facility has been used for industrial operations since approximately 1960. The facility is now owned and operated by Venezia Hauling which purchased the facility on December 28, 2006. There are two buildings located on site. One building is occupied by Venezia and used as a maintenance and refueling facility. The other larger building is identified as a Terminal and is rented as warehouse space.
Benzene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Trichloroethylene (TCE), and cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene (DCE) slightly exceed PADEP’s soil-to-groundwater Statewide Health Standards; limited to the area beneath the former lagoons. The risk is an ingestion exposure from a possible leaching of soil contaminants into the groundwater. This risk is mitigated by the groundwater use restriction.
Benzene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, TCE, and DCE are above USEPA-PA default soil screening levels for protection of indoor air for industrial settings. The risk is an inhalation exposure in possible future indoor buildings from elevated contaminant concentrations in soil. This risk is mitigated by the land use change notification requirement.
The Institutional Control is a Uniform Environmental Covenant executed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection[9 pp, 528 KB, About
PDF]] which prohibits the use of onsite groundwater for potable purposes and requires the owner and each subsequent owner to submit to the PADEP written documentation regarding the transfer of the Facility, changes in use of the Facility, or filing of applications for building permits for the Facility and any proposals for any site work if it will affect the contamination at the Facility.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below:
- Corrective Action Statement of Basis[ 10 pp, 57 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Human Exposures [ 8 pp, 163 KB, About PDF]
- Environmental Indicator Determination - Groundwater Migration [10 pp, 184 KB, about pdf
- PA DEP Environmental Covenant - Deed Restrictions [9 pp, 528 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 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: Kevin Bilash (215) 814-2796