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​Benner Township HSCA Investigation

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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Benner Twp PFAS Investigation Area Map (January 2024) (PDF)

Benner Township PFAS Investigation – End of Year Update 2023 (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

Executive Summary – Safe Drinking Water PFAS MCL Rule

DOH Information on PFAS:

National Academies for Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) clinical guidance on PFAS chemicals

PA Department of Health PFAS factsheet

DOH multisite health study in partnership with Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

Additional Information on PFAS:

Myths Versus Reality on the Designation of PFOA and PFOS

Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS | US EPA

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

EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap

EPA Proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation – March 14, 2023