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Easton Road PFC Site

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 October 2017, DEP collected samples from 305 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 October 2017, DEP resampled homes where combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS were between 20-69 ppt to monitor any seasonal fluctuations of these contaminants. Approximately 58 homes were sampled during this sampling event. The results revealed that no additional homes had combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS above the HAL during this sampling event.

Next Steps:

An additional round of residential sampling is planned for late winter/early spring 2018.

Beginning the week of January 22nd, 2018, DEP will be working with its contractor to install approximately 7 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 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