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Benner Township HSCA Investigation

Announcement:

On June 28, 2022, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is holding a public hearing to provide residents of Benner Township with information of the prompt interim response, consisting of provision of bottled drinking water, being implemented for this site. DEP will also receive public comments on its proposed prompt interim response action of installation of whole-house filtration systems on private residential water supplies with combined concentrations of PFOS and PFOA exceeding the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health advisory level (HAL) of 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Prior to the hearing, DEP will give a brief presentation updating our progress to date.

For more information, please see the Public Meeting Notice or the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

DEP’s Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields is investigating a groundwater plume located in Benner Township, Centre County, in accordance with the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA). Periodic updates about this investigation will be posted on this page.

The current Benner Township investigation began in 2020 in response to sampling data from public water supply wells collected by DEP’s Safe Drinking Water Program in 2019. This sampling was conducted in accordance with Pennsylvania’s PFAS Action Team’s Actions and Recommendations included in their 2019 Initial Report. This data indicated that groundwater in the vicinity of High Tech Road is contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) compounds.

The goals of the current HSCA investigation are to delineate the extent of contamination in order to identify any exposure pathways to residents or the environment in the area, to locate potential sources, and to determine possible mitigation or remediation measures.

For more information on PFAS compounds, please see the web links below. For more information about the HSCA program, visit DEP’s HSCA Annual Report Story Map and the HSCA home page.

Please direct questions pertaining to the Benner Township PFAS HSCA investigation to the DEP Northcentral Region HSCA Manager at 570.327.3418 or csinclair@pa.gov or Community Relations Coordinator at 570.327.3659 or meglehman@pa.gov.

Benner Township HSCA Investigation Information:

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Administrative Record (PDF)

Benner Twp PFAS Investigation Area Map (Updated April 2022) (PDF)

Benner Township HSCA Investigation Fact Sheet (Updated 2/18/2022) (PDF)

Benner Township Meeting Presentation November 1, 2021 (PDF)

Contractor Change Order September 2, 2021 (PDF)

Due Diligence Summary Report June 2021 (PDF)

DEP Letter to Benner Township Supervisors July 2, 2020 (PDF)

DEP Information on PFAS:

PFAS in drinking water

Governor’s PFAS Action Team Report

DEP’s PFAS Sampling Plan

DEP’s PFAS Sampling Plan Final Results

Citizens Advisory Council: Introduction to Per and Poly Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

DEP’s Role with PFAS

Additional Information on PFAS:

Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council: PFAS — Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap