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Easton Road PFC Site

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Updated May 2018

Introduction

Pursuant to its authority under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act of 1988 (HSCA), DEP is investigating the Easton Road PFC site in Doylestown, Plumstead and Buckingham townships. In May 2016, after a public supply well was found to contain combined concentrations of PFOA and PFOS that exceeded the 70 parts per trillion (ppt) Health Advisory Level (HAL) established by EPA, DEP immediately took steps to begin a thorough investigation of the surrounding area.

Between May 2016 and April 2018, DEP has collected samples from approximately 320 private wells. Results of this sampling ranged from non-detect (ND) to 229 ppt combined for PFOA/PFOS. DEP has identified a localized area of concern within Doylestown Township where the highest concentrations of PFOA/PFOS have been discovered. There are currently 8 homes that have exceeded the HAL. DEP is supplying bottled water to 5 of these residential properties that are exceeding the HAL, and 3 other properties have elected to privately install filtration systems at their own expense to mitigate this contamination.

In April 2018, DEP completed its 16th round of private well sampling which included the resampling of homes where combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS were above 40 ppt. This event also included the testing of 12 previously unsampled residential wells, some of which were within an expanded investigation area in Doylestown Township. Approximately 33 homes were sampled during this round. The results revealed that no additional homes had combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS above the HAL.

DEP working in conjunction with its contractor, recently completed the installation of 7 groundwater monitoring wells within the localized area of concern in Doylestown Township. The purpose of these monitoring wells is to aid DEP in determining the nature and extent of groundwater contamination beneath the site area. DEP’s contractor concluded the first round of monitoring well sampling at the end of April 2018.

Next Steps:

The next round of monitoring well sampling is scheduled for Summer 2018.

DEP will use the data from those monitoring wells and residential well sampling to propose a response action to provide impacted homes with an acceptable source of potable water. All information that the DEP utilizes in formulating the proposal will be incorporated into the Administrative Record. The Administrative Record will be open for public comments for 90-days, during which time a public hearing will be held.

This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Questions specifically related to this Site can be directed to Project Officer Joshua Crooks by telephone at 484.250.5784 or by email at jocrooks@pa.gov

Media questions? Please contact Virginia Cain at 484-250-5808 or vicain@pa.gov