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Newberry Township PFC Site

Updated December 2020

For more information on PFAS contaminants, what Pennsylvania is doing on a state level, Governor Wolf’s PFAS Action Team, and more, please visit: dep.pa.gov/pfas

Site Facts

Municipality/County: Newberry and Fairview Townships, York County

HSCA site since: 2019

Primary Contaminants of Concern: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) & perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) PFOA and PFOS are part of a larger class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Why is DEP Investigating?

  • In April 2019, two public supply wells servicing the township were found to contain combined concentrations of PFOA and PFOS that exceeded EPA's 70 parts per-trillion (ppt) Health Advisory Level (HAL), DEP took steps to begin a thorough investigation of the surrounding area.
  • Pennsylvania's Environmental Quality Board has not proposed a State Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) at this time. If a State or Federal MCL is issued for PFOA or PFOS that is different from the HAL, DEP will reevaluate the Site and take action as necessary and appropriate.
  • DEP is investigating groundwater in the area to determine the extent of PFOA and PFOS in the aquifer underlying the area.

Public and Private Well Water and Surface Water Investigation and DEP’s Response

  • In 2019, DEP collected samples from nine public supply-wells, 21 private potable wells, five monitor wells, and 4 surface-water sites. Results of this sampling ranged (combined for PFOA/PFOS) from < 1.8 to 168.1 ppt in the public wells; from < 3.3 to 50.9 ppt in the private wells; and 10.1 to 15.5 ppt in Fishing Creek and its tributaries.
  • DEP has not yet identified the source of the PFOA/PFOS contamination in Newberry Township.
  • On April 5, 2019 Suez requested an emergency permit to treat for PFOA/PFAS in the public supply wells, which was approved by DEP on April 8th.
  • Figure 1999 report sample locations
  • 2019 - No private wells in Newberry Township have tested above the HAL
  • 2019 Site Investigation Report
  • DEP's responsibility under HSCA is to select a remedy that is protective of human health and the environment and complies with all statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • State Representative Dawn Keefer with DEP held two public meetings on June 13, 2019 and on December 12, 2019
  • June 2019 meeting presentations
  • December 2019 meeting presentation
  • The public water supply system now operates DEP permitted treatment systems specifically installed to remove PFAS from the water supply.
  • DEP actively monitors the public supply wells to ensure they are effectively removing PFOA/PFOS from the water supplies. A construction permit for permanent PFOA/PFOS treatment was issued January 10, 2020.

Source Investigation

  • DEP is looking into all Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs). If you have any information related to any potential sources of PFAS contamination, please feel free to provide that information to DEP using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
  • To date, DEP continues to actively sample private potable wells, streams, springs and selected monitoring wells DEP has recently contracted with HDR to provide technical assistance in the study. This contracted work will include: (1) private potable well sampling, (2) stream and soil sampling, (3) drilling of monitor wells, (4) historical and current land-use, releases, and remediation, (5) commercial and industrial manufacturing. Additional work may include groundwater flow modeling to better identify potential pathways and sources of PFAS contamination.

Contacting DEP

Please direct correspondence or inquiries to one of the following:
Site Information: Dennis Low, Site Project Officer, at 717-705-4853 or delow@pa.gov
Community and Media Relations: John Repetz, Community Relations Coordinator, at 717-705-4904 or jrepetz@pa.gov
Legislative Inquiries: William Freeman, Legislative Aide, at 717-783-8301 or wfreeman@pa.gov

Municipality Information

Newberry Township
1915 Old Trail Road, Etters, York County, PA 17319
(717) 938-6992
Office Hours: M – F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
admin@newberrytwp.com

Fairview Township
599 Lewisberry Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
(717) 901-5200
Office Hours: M – F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Call to make appointment (COVID-19)
admin@twp.fairview.pa.us

State Legislator Information

Dawn W. Keefer – PA House District 92
Hon. Dawn W. Keefer
12 N. Baltimore Street
Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-0792
Fax: (717) 432-0795
Capitol
Hon. Dawn W. Keefer
423 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202092
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2092
(717) 783-8783
Fax: (717) 782-2920

David I. Arnold, Jr. – PA Senate District 48
400 S. Eighth Street
101 Municipal Bldg.
Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 274-6735
Capitol
Hon. David I. Arnold, Jr.
Senate Box 203048
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3048
Room: 352 Main Capitol
(717) 787-5708

Senator Mike Regan
1 East Harrisburg Street
Dillsburg, PA 17019
(717) 432-1730
&
Senator Mike Regan
2151 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 975-1985
Capitol
Senator Mike Regan
Senate Box 203031
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3031
Room: 15 East Wing
(717) 787-8524