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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-1884


Notice of Listing on the Pennsylvania Priority List of Hazardous Sites for Remedial Response; Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act

[40 Pa.B. 5639]
[Saturday, October 2, 2010]

Currie Landfill Site, Millcreek Township,
Erie County

1. Background

 The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) (35 P. S. §§ 6020.101—6020.1305) was enacted in 1988 to provide for the cleanup of sites in this Commonwealth that are releasing or threatening the release of hazardous substances. Section 502(a) of HSCA (35 P. S. § 6020.502) requires that the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) publish in the Pennsylvania Bulletin a priority list of sites with releases or threatened releases for the purpose of taking remedial response. This list is called the Pennsylvania Priority List of Hazardous Sites for Remedial Response (PAPL). The Department places sites on the PAPL when the Department has determined through investigation that there are releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, or releases or substantial threatened releases of contaminants, which present a substantial threat to the public health, safety and environment. In accordance with the requirements of section 502(a) of HSCA, the Hazard Ranking System (HRS) (40 CFR Part 300, Appendix A), established under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 9601—9675), is utilized to rank the sites for placement on the PAPL. The HRS uses mathematical formulas that reflect the relative importance and interrelationships of the various human health and environmental factors to arrive at a final score on a scale of 0 to 100. The values are assigned using information obtained from site investigations. Section 502(a) of HSCA also directs the Department to consider its administrative, enforcement and financial capabilities when placing sites on the PAPL. HRS scores are finalized by the Department using the HRS in effect at the time the score is prepared and the proposed listing notice is issued under the statute.

 The HRS was developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the method used to evaluate the relative potential of hazardous substance releases to cause health or safety problems, or ecological or environmental damage. It is the principal mechanism for placing a site on the National Priorities List, the list of priority releases for long-term remedial evaluation and response under CERCLA. The HRS is calculated by utilizing known information to establish the level of threat presented in four potential pathways of human or environmental exposure: groundwater; surface water; air; and soil exposure. Within each pathway of exposure, the HRS considers three categories of factors:

 (1) Factors that indicate the presence or likelihood of a release to the environment.

 (2) Factors that indicate the nature and quantity of the substances presenting the potential threat.

 (3) Factors that indicate the human or environmental targets potentially at risk from the site.

 The resultant HRS score represents an estimate of the relative probability and magnitude of harm to human populations or sensitive environments from potential exposure to hazardous substances by the groundwater, surface water, soil exposure or air pathways.

2. Summary and Purpose

 Placement of a site on the PAPL is used to identify sites that need further study and/or remedial response decisions to address threats to the public health, safety or the environment. The Department will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to take enforcement or other actions under HSCA or other authorities, and/or to proceed directly with HSCA-funded remedial response actions and seek cost recovery after the cleanup.

 Remedial response actions will not necessarily be taken in the same order as a site's ranking on the PAPL. The investigation conducted to place a site on the PAPL may not be sufficient to determine either the extent of contamination or the appropriate response actions for a site. The Department may undertake further site investigation and/or an analysis of remedial alternatives to determine appropriate response actions. The length of time needed to complete these studies will vary due to the complexity of a site. Response action decisions and implementation will proceed on individual sites regardless of the progress at other sites. Given the limited resources available in the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, the Department must carefully balance the relative needs for response at the sites it has studied. The Department may decide not to immediately proceed with a HSCA remedial action or that no remedial action is necessary.

3. Technical Evaluation Grants under HSCA

 Under section 510 of HSCA (35 P. S. § 6020.510), the Department may make available a reasonable sum as a grant to the governing body of the host municipality of a site where the Department is considering a remedial response. The host municipality shall use this sum solely to conduct an independent technical evaluation of the proposed remedial response. The grant shall not exceed $50,000. Information and a technical evaluation grant package may be obtained from the Department's regional office in which the site is located. Refer to the Additional Information section of this notice.

 A municipality will be sent grant information by the Department after a listing announcement has been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The grant will be signed; however, the grant will not be effective until the proposed remedial response is available for public review. At that time, the municipality may proceed with the review of the Department's proposed remedial response.

Pennsylvania Priority List of Hazardous Sites for Remedial Response

A. Effective Date

 The site listed is being placed on the PAPL effective upon publication of this announcement in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

B. Contact Persons

 Individual site information may be obtained by contacting the Department's regional office in which the site is located whose address can be found in the Additional Information section of this notice.

C. Statutory Authority

 The PAPL is published under the authority of section 502(a) of the HSCA. Under section 502(b) of HSCA, a decision to place a site on the list or to remove a site from the list is not a final action subject to review under 2 Pa.C.S. §§ 501—508 and 701—704 (relating to Administrative Agency Law) and section 4 of the Environmental Hearing Board Act (35 P. S. § 7514), nor shall it confer a right or duty upon the Department or any person.

D. Review and Public Comment

 HSCA provides for a 30-day public comment period subsequent to publication of the PAPL. This Pennsylvania Bulletin announcement opens the 30-day comment period for the site being added with this publication. Comments concerning the placement of the Currie Landfill Site (Site) on the PAPL should be directed to Christopher Saber, Environmental Cleanup Program, Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335, Comments received by facsimile will not be accepted. Public comments must be received by the Department by November 1, 2010.

 The regional office Site file contains the information considered by the Department in placing the Site on the PAPL. Persons interested in reviewing the Site file should contact the Northwest Regional Office at (814) 332-6945. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984.

 All written comments and the Department's responses will be placed into the Site file and will later be incorporated into the Administrative Record.

E. Contents of List

 This notice places one site on the PAPL. Table 1 lists the site added to the PAPL by this notice, its HRS score, municipality, county and Department region. Table 2 lists the nine sites currently on the PAPL, including the site added by this notice. The HRS score, municipality, county and Department region for each site are contained in this table. The sites are listed in decreasing order of HRS score.

F. Site Listing Summary

Currie Landfill Site

 The Site is located in Millcreek Township, Erie County. The Site is situated in an urban area surrounded by industrial and commercial properties and consists of three parcels of property totaling approximately 32.5 acres. Currently, UPS Freight owns an 8.3-acre parcel and the Erie Drive In Theatre Corporation owns the other two parcels that comprise a total of 24.2 acres. The UPS Freight facility is currently active, and the Erie Drive In Theatre Corporation property is undeveloped and not active. The West Branch of Cascade Creek, a Warm Water Fishery, flows north through the site and drains into Cascade Creek, which empties into Presque Isle Bay, located approximately 2 miles northeast of the Site. The Site was formerly used as a landfill for an undetermined period between 1950 and the 1960s. Waste present at the site consists of a 6- to 12-foot heterogeneous mixture of municipal, residual and industrial wastes and soil. The landfill is estimated to contain approximately 260,000 cubic yards of waste including plastic, paper, construction debris, metal, rubber, slag and foundry sands. Site related contaminants are present in soils, groundwater, surface water and sediments. There is potential for the release of volatile contaminants to the air.

 A prompt interim response was conducted at the Site from September 7, 2004, to January 19, 2005. A total of 205 drums were located and investigated. Of those 205 drums, 126 were empty, and the remaining drums were segregated and consolidated into 13 drums including 1 drum of hazardous waste liquid. The drummed waste was shipped offsite and disposed of at an approved waste disposal facility. To date, no enforcement actions have been taken and no responsible party has indicated that they are willing and able to conduct a remedial response at the site.

G. Additional Information

Currie Landfill Site

 The Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Regional Office, Eric Gustafson, Environmental Cleanup Program Manager; Gary Mechtly, Chief, Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program; Christopher Saber, Project Manager, 230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335.

Table 1
Sites Being Added by this Notice

Site HRS Municipality County DEP Region
Currie Landfill 26.73 Millcreek Township Erie Northwest

Table 2
Pennsylvania Priority List for Remedial Response

Site HRS Municipality County DEP Region
Dupont/New Castle 54.75 New Castle Lawrence Northwest
Intercourse TCE 50 Leacock Township Lancaster Southcentral
Tomstown TCE 50 Quincy Township Franklin Southcentral
Bishop Tube 40.79 East Whiteland Township Chester Southeast
Chem Fab HSCA Site 39 Doylestown Borough and Township Bucks Southeast
Gettysburg Foundry 38.20 Cumberland Township Adams Southcentral
Bear Creek Area Chemical 28.46 Fairview, Parker, Concord Township, Petrolia, Fairview, Karns City, Bruin Borough, Butler County; Perry Township, Armstrong County Butler, Armstrong Northwest
Currie Landfill 26.73 Millcreek Township Erie Northwest
Schiller 24.65 Richmond Township Crawford Northwest
Mun. and Ind. Disp. 19.58 Elizabeth Township Allegheny Southwest


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-1884. Filed for public inspection October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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