BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an end

14 Aug 2017 by under News

borit superfund site signage1 100x100 BoRit Superfund cleanup comes to an endA 30-year (EPA) project to remediate an asbestos-tainted former manufacturing site in Ambler, Pennsylvania, came to an end at the beginning of this month.

An asbestos disposal site for nearly a century, the 38-acre BoRit Asbestos Site in Ambler has been undergoing cleanup since the 1980s. It was included as an EPA Superfund site in 2008 after tests showed high levels of asbestos were still present despite abatement efforts, according to NewsWorks. In January, MyMeso reported the EPA released long-term remediation plans, and those plans are now complete.

As part of efforts, “workers have removed materials containing asbestos, re-engineered creeks, capped the entire site with liners and clean soil, and treated millions of gallons of water in a pond on the site,” according to NewsWorks. The EPA released a report the first week of August outlining the work and its plans for continued monitoring, which will include taking air, water and soil samples.

Federal asbestos standards will be the benchmark for water monitoring. However, the agency has created standards specifically for the site regarding acceptable asbestos levels in the air and soil. “It’s not necessarily zero asbestos, but it’s a low amount that would be expected to be protective of human health,” John Epps, chief of the EPA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Superfund Branch, who is overseeing the cleanup, told the news source. The testing will simulate activities, like raking and walking, that are expected to occur on the site, and then test to see what level of exposure people doing those activities may experience.

The EPA will reportedly conduct testing for two years, after which the site monitoring will be given over to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


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