Metro Container Corporation
EPA ID: PAD044545895
Trainer, PA 19013
Congressional District: 7th
Other Names: None
Last Updated: January 2015
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- The Metro Container Corporation Site was added to the National Priorities List, or NPL, in March 2012. The NPL is the list of priority releases for long-term, Superfund-financed remedial evaluation and response.
- In September 2013, EPA initiated a Time-Critical Removal Action at the Site. Additional information regarding the Removal Action can be found at the EPA OSC website page for the Metro Container Corporation Site. Field activities were completed in September 2014 and can be reviewed in Pollution Reports, or POLREPs.
- The Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study, or “RI/FS,” which is the comprehensive study that will be used to select a long-term cleanup plan for the Site, is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015.
- The Site is located in an industrialized area about 20 miles southwest of Philadelphia in Trainer, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
- The main portion of the Site is comprised of a two adjacent properties totaling 10.4 acres located at the southwest corner of 2nd and Price Streets (the “Metro Property”). Surrounding the Metro Property are a petroleum refinery, auto salvage operation, metal scrap operation, and rail yard. Residential properties are located north of the Metro Property.
- The Metro Property is located is adjacent to Stoney Creek, a small stream historically known as Middle Run or Stony Run. Stoney Creek is a tidally influenced tributary of the Delaware River, which is located approximately 1,000 feet south of the Metro Property.
- Various companies have occupied the site since the late 19th century, including the Delaware Oil Works, Manufacturers Paraffine Company, Stauffer Chemical Company, Joseph A. Reis Company, Universal Container Corporation, Metro Container Corporation, and Trainer Industries, LLC.
- Industrial activities including machine oil and paraffin wax refining, carbon disulfide manufacturing, and steel drum reconditioning occurred on the Metro Property.
- No industrial activities are currently conducted at the site. Trainer Industries, LLC, which is a party indemnified for past contamination under an agreement with EPA, currently owns the Metro Property. Service Painting, Inc. is an industrial painting business that uses the Metro Property to store supplies and perform sandblasting and painting.
- Soil and ground water at the Metro Property is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), inorganic elements, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Buried containment structures and piping systems used by past owner/operators contain sludges and non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) and in many areas remain connected to Stoney Creek.
NPL Listing History
|Listed: March 2012|
- In 1988, EPA initiated a Time-Critical Removal Action to control waste handling activities by the Metro Container Corporation, which was the company active at the time, install fence to restrict site access, construct a temporary retaining wall to limit off-site migration of hazardous substances, and conduct sampling and analysis of waste materials. Materials removed included over 130,000 gallons of oil-contaminated liquids associated with a concrete basin used by Metro Container Corporation as a disposal lagoon, and over 6,000 tons of sludge, drums, and contaminated soils. The Removal Action was completed by a group of Potentially Responsible Parties under an Administrative Order on Consent agreed to in June 1989.
- In September 2013, EPA initiated the second Time-Critical Removal Action. Field activities were completed in September 2014.
- Assessments and removal actions conducted at the site indicate that concentrations of PCBs, inorganic elements, PAHs, and VOCs are present in soil, sediment, and ground water above various risk-based screening levels.
- Numerous buried or concealed containment features and pipe systems containing hazardous substances, many of which connect to Stoney Creek, have been identified at the Metro Property.
- Sediments in Stoney Creek and in the Delaware River near the mouth of Stoney Creek appear to have been contaminated with PCBs, and may contain other contaminants associated with the Metro Property.
- A fish consumption advisory due to the presence of PCBs is in place along the Delaware River from Trenton south to the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal that is due in part to releases from the Metro Property.
- Contaminant descriptions and associated risk factors are available at: (ATSDR web site).
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Metro Container Corporation site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
U.S. EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket
c/o U.S. EPA Region 3 Library
1650 Arch Street, 2nd floor (3PM52)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
215-814-5364 or 215-814-5254
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record (PDF) (66 pp, 5.19MB)*
* The documentation record provided is available at the time of proposal for informational purposes. An official copy of the documentation record and the documents referenced in it are available in the EPA Region 3 NPL Public Docket at the EPA Region 3 Library. Copies of materials in EPA's electronic docket for the site's proposal to the NPL are also accessible online through Regulations. gov under Docket ID: EPA-HQ-SFUND-2011-0651.
Metro Container Corporation NPL Public Docket (EPA-HQ-SFUND-2011-0651)
NPL Site Listing Narrative
Site Progress Profile
- Submit a FOIA Request
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- Aerial Photograph of the Metro Container Corporation Site (circa 2007-2008)
- Photographs of the on-going Removal Action are available at the EPA OSC Site webpage.
- Fact Sheet
September 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 816k)
March 2007 (PDF) (2 pp, 191k)
- Federal Registers
3/15/2012: National Priorities List, Final Rule No. 53
3/15/2012: Nine Other Sites Added Nationally
9/16/2011: National Priorities List, Proposed Rule No. 55 (76 FR 57702-57709
04/25/2002: Metro Container Corporation Site; CERCLA 122(h) Administrative Settlement; Notice of Proposed Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement Pursuant to Section 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended.
02/15/2000: Notice of Proposed Purchaser Agreement Pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as Amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Press Releases
03/13/2012 - Metro Container Corp. added to National Priorites List
9/15/2011 - Metro Container Corp. Site Proposed for Superfund List