EPA commemorates new system to clean up groundwater at Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin recently commemorated the opening of a new water treatment plant in Hereford Township, Pennsylvania, which will remove contamination from groundwater at the Crossley Farm Superfund site.

EPA regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin commemorated the new plant at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"This construction project, which used approximately $6.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and created more than 60 jobs, demonstrates EPA’s commitment to transforming the contaminated groundwater associated with this Superfund site back to beneficial use for the local community," Garvin said. "The people of Hereford Township can look upon this site as a tremendous success story."

The plant will clean up water on the 200-acre farm, which once was the site of various waste dumps, resulting in a highly contaminated groundwater plume. The project is a part of the EPA's long-term cleanup plan for the farm and the pump-and-treat system will treat the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination in the groundwater. New underground pipes connect the plant to four wells where the contaminated water will be sent for treatment before being discharged elsewhere on the property.

The Crossley Farm is one of many sites across the nation that fall under the federal government's Superfund Program. These sites have suffered accidents, dumping, spills, and leaks of hazardous materials and the resulting land, air, and water contamination pose a threat to the public and the environment. Through this program, the EPA is authorized to conduct removal actions, enforce action against those responsible, involve states and communities, and ensure long-term protectiveness.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), hazardous cleanup work of any kind requires personal protective equipment. Provide workers with appropriate safety products, including protective clothing, boots, eye, hand, and face protection, and respiratory protection.

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