EPA ID: PAD982363970
West Hazleton, PA 18201
Other Names:Valmont Industrial Park
Last Updated: January 2015
- Community Update - November 2014 (PDF) (2 p, 1.58 MB)
- EPA Selects Final Cleanup Plan for the Valmont TCE Superfund Site. Read the details in the "Record of Decision (PDF) (151 pp, 4.33 MB)."
- The recent extraction/injection well pilot study showed that the process was effective at treating groundwater.
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- EPA completed the 3rd round of ISCO injections in December 2014.
- EPA will continue to monitor groundwater and evaluate the effects of the ISCO injections.
- EPA will plan for the next round of ISCO injections after reviewing sample data collected in early 2015.
- EPA will inspect residential sub slab depressurization systems in August 2015.
- The site is located in Valmont Industrial Park on Jaycee Drive near Deer Run Road in Hazle Township and West Hazleton Borough. The site also includes an area of groundwater contamination which extends from the facility to the northeast in the area of Twin Oaks Road, Bent Pine Road, and Deer Run Road.
- Initially, in 1963, Valmont TCE was developed by CAN DO, Inc., but ownership has changed hands several times since then.
- Valmont TCE was once the former property of Chromatex. From 1978until March 2001 the plant was used for upholstery fabric manufacturing.
Currently the building is used for storage of nonhazardous materials.
The groundwater is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) resulting from a spill.
- The nearby residential wells are also contaminated, but those homes have been hooked up to the public water supply.
NPL Listing History
|Status: Final||Added: 2001|
- Groundwater contamination was originally discovered in October of 1987 after samples were taken from private wells.
- The EPA provided bottled water along with carbon filters to residences affected by the high levels of TCE.
- Then in 1995 and 2001 after analyzing soil, groundwater, and indoor air samples TCE was present in other residential wells and basements.
- The site was placed on the National Priorities List in September 2001 and a full-scale remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) was conducted in January 2002.
- In 2003 and 2004 the EPA provided 8 homes contaminated with TCE air filtration units.
- Also in 2003 the EPA completed an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) and determined that it needed to address the VOC-contaminated soils.
- In 2004 the VOC-contaminated soils were excavated in three areas on the exterior of the Chromatex facility. More than 18,000 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site.
- The results from the in-situ chemical oxidation treatment study revealed that in-situ chemical oxidation is ineffective for soils beneath the building, but it did destroy some VOC levels in the groundwater.
- The RI Report was completed in July 2004.
- In 2006 the EPA installed household vapor reduction systems to replace the other temporary carbon filtration units and additional subslab testing of individual residences was conducted.
- The final EE/CA Report was completed in December 2006.
- The Feasibility Study Report was completed in July 2006.
- In March 2007 the SVE/AI system was constructed. The system was operated until October 2009. The SVE/AI system recovered nearly 235 pounds of TCE from the soil, and the soil cleanup beneath the plant is complete.
- A Special Bulletin was in issued in April 2007 and in May eight additional vapor reduction systems were installed in residential homes.
- In May 2013 EPA conducted the second round of ISCO injections of in-situ chemical oxidation injections. EPA conducted sampling in the fall and winter of 2013 to evaluate the effects of the injections. EPA is currently analyzing groundwater data to determine the extent of future groundwater injections.
- EPA worked with the Borough of West Hazleton to adopt a local ordinance that restrict the use of groundwater in the area around the Site as a source of drinking water until the groundwater is ultimately cleaned up. Residents will continue to be able to use groundwater to water their lawns and wash their cars, etc. The ordinance was passed in July 2012. EPA is currently working with Hazle Townsip on an informational packet for residents.
- EPA conducted an annual inspection of residential subslab depressurization systems in August 2013.
- High levels of trichloroethylene were first found on site in 1987.
- The groundwater and several different residential wells are contaminated.
- Contaminant descriptions and risk factors are available from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC.
- To search an on-line database of all documents and reports on the Valmont TCE site, go to EPA’s Administrative Record Database.
- All documents and reports can also be reviewed in person at these locations:
Hazleton Area Public Library
500 North Church St
Hazleton, PA 18201
U.S. EPA Region III
1650 Arch Street-6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Call for an appointment.
- Some of the site’s key documents of interest are accessible below.
Record of Decision (PDF) (151 pp, 4.33 MB)
ATSDR's Public Health Assessment (PDF) (89 pp, 1.29 MB)
Proposed Plan (PDF) (40 pp 5.22 MB)
Remedial Action Completion Report - September 2012 (PDF) (281 pp, 40 MB)
- Enforcement Documents
Consent Judgement - Civil Action No. 91-1501 & 08-229 - June 2014 (PDF) (33 pp, 14 MB )
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- Site Progress Profile — a quick reference sheet, linking to EPA's Headquarters.
- Federal Register
08/02/2006: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Public Health Assessments Completed April--June 2006
09/13/2001: National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites ACTION: Final rule
06/14/2001: National Priorities List for Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites, Proposed Rule No. 36; ACTION: Proposed rule
- Fact Sheets
November 2014 (PDF) (2 p, 1.58 MB)
August 2011 (PDF) (2 pp, 189 k)
September 2010 (PDF) (4 pp, 369 k)
July 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 56.5 k)
January 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 104 K)
- Public Notice
January 2009 (PDF) (1 p, 97.9 K)
- Slide Shows
Briefing forThe Honorable Paul E. Kanjorski - October 22, 2003 (PDF) (8 pp, 97.9 K)
Valmont TCE - 12/13/2004 (PDF) (31 pp, 579 K)
- This site currently does not meet the criteria for Site-wide Ready for Anticipated Use; however parts of the site may be suitable for reuse.
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