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Easton Road PFC Site

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Updated February 2019

Introduction

Site Facts

Municipality/County: Doylestown, Plumstead & Buckingham townships, Bucks County
HSCA Site Since: 2016

Introduction/Site Discovery

  • Pursuant to its authority under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act of 1988 (HSCA), DEP is investigating groundwater the area.  The purpose of the investigation is to determine the extent of PFOA and PFOS in the aquifer underlying the area, which we are referring to as the Easton Road PFC HSCA Site. PFOA and PFOS are part of a larger class of chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).  
  • 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.

Private Drinking Water Investigation

  • Between May 2016 and November 2018, DEP collected samples from approximately 330 private wells. Results of this sampling ranged from non-detect (ND) to 229 ppt combined for PFOA/PFOS. 
  • DEP 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 July and November 2018, DEP completed additional rounds of private well sampling.  The July event included several homes in an area that was previously unsampled.  The November event included select homes within the localized area of concern with combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS above 10ppt but below 20ppt. The results revealed that no additional homes had combined concentrations of PFOA/PFOS above the HAL.

Source Investigation

  • In March 2018, DEP working in conjunction with its contractor, 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. 
  • To date, three (3) rounds of the groundwater sampling have been collected from the monitoring wells.  Results of this sampling have ranged from non-detect (ND) to 65ppt. The next round of monitoring well sampling is scheduled for Winter 2019.

Press Releases/Public Notification

Interim Response Action

  • 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.
  • DEP will use the data from the monitoring wells and residential well sampling to propose a remedial response action to address the contamination associated with the Site. DEP will incorporate the information it uses in formulating its proposal into the Administrative Record.
  • The Administrative Record will be open for public comments for 90-days. During the comment period, DEP will hold a public hearing at a location to be determined at a later date. 
  • DEP will update this section when it opens the Administrative Record for the Site.

Contacting DEP

To schedule an appointment to review files associated with this Site and project, please call the Norristown Office at 484-250-5910.

Please direct correspondence or inquiries to one of the following:

Site Information: Joshua Crooks by telephone at 484.250.5784 or by email at jocrooks@pa.gov

Community and Media Relations: Virginia Cain, Community Relations Coordinator at 484-250-5808 or vicain@pa.gov

Municipality Information


Plumstead Township: Phone (215) 766-8914