2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 06:37:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Vapor testing, Raymark site, Hatboro, Pennsylvania
Tests could define pollution potential

The Intelligencer (PA)
November 19, 2008

The EPA will be conducting tests near the Raymark Superfund site in Hatboro to determine if residents could be at risk from pollutants, in the form of vapors, seeping into their basements.

While the 7-acre site on Jacksonville Road was identified as a source of TCE contamination of groundwater in 1979, the Environmental Protection Agency now makes checking for such “vapor intrusion” part of its routine five-year review. Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a metal cleaner and in high levels may cause liver, kidney or lung cancer if inhaled or ingested.

But until more tests are done, the risk to residents, particularly those to the west and southwest of the site, is unknown.

In the meantime, EPA will perform testing on monitoring wells west of the railroad tracks. If the test results indicate a potential health risk, the EPA will contact residents to ask permission to perform air testing in their homes. This testing will be conducted at no cost to the property owner.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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