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EPA AND USX SIGN AGREEMENT FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE CLEANUP AT FAIRLESS HILLS SITE

 PHILADELPHIA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III and USX Corp., Fairless Hills, Pa., signed an administrative order on consent to address environmental contamination.
 The order requires that USX study and evaluate measures to clean up hazardous waste contamination of ground water, soil, surface water, and sediments at the company's 3,000-acre Fairless Hills steel facility and at adjoining properties formerly owned by USX. The order was signed under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the federal law that regulates the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
 During steel-making operations at the Fairless Hills facility, located on the banks of the Delaware River, many wastes such as slag, particulates from air cleaning devices, sludges from wastewater treatment facilities, and general plant refuse were disposed of in unlined, on-site pits. Many of these pits were excavated to ground water and/or were excavated in sensitive wetlands. Heavy metals were discharged to the Delaware River from permitted outfalls. Additionally, several underground storage tanks have leaked and USX is cleaning these up under agreement with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER). Finally, EPA is concerned about potential soil contamination from on-site transformers that may have leaked oil containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
 In April 1990, EPA performed a sampling inspection at the Fairless Hills facility. Samples of ground water, surface water, sludge, soils and sediments were taken. A number of contaminants were found in the ground water, including chromium, lead, manganese and nickel. EPA detected chromium, pyrene and benzene, among other contaminants, in soil and sediments.
 Under the terms of the order, USX has agreed to perform an RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI), during which the type and extent of contamination from operations at the facility will be characterized. Simultaneously, USX will undertake a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) in which a number of alternatives, or corrective measures, for cleaning up the site will be evaluated. EPA will then propose the most effective corrective measure and the public will have the opportunity to comment. Once the final corrective measure is chosen, EPA will take appropriate enforcement measures to clean up the facility.
 Within 30 days, USX will submit a workplan outlining interim measures to protect waterfowl and other wildlife from releases of contaminants from certain on-site treatment plant lagoons and disposal pits. Within 90 days, USX will propose a list of additional interim measures to stabilize the site. Finally, USX will report to EPA, and address as appropriate, any newly discovered hazardous waste releases.
 The order also addresses a number of environmental concerns covered by other federal environmental laws, including PCB contamination under the Toxic Substances Control Act, wetlands destruction under the Clean Water Act, and air pollution under the Clean Air Act. The extent of PCB contamination will be addressed in the RFI/CMS. USX will also


delineate, or map out, wetlands contaminated with hazardous wastes and then evaluate whether or not they can be restored or re-created. USX has also agreed to conduct air monitoring for gaseous and particulate contaminants released at the site.
 The Administrative Record, which includes the recently signed order and documents that formed the basis for EPA's decision to issue the order, is available for review at the Township of Falls Administrative Building, 285 Yardley Ave., Fallsington, Pa. The Record will be supplemented as new information becomes available from the RFI. For more information, contact Ruth Podems, U.S. EPA Public Affairs, 215-597-4164.
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 /CONTACT: Ruth Podems of the U.S. EPA Public Affairs office, 215-597-4164/


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