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EPA AND UTI REACH FINAL AGREEMENT TO CARRY OUT CLEANUP OF CONTAMINATION AT TRAPPE, PA., FACILITY

 EPA AND UTI REACH FINAL AGREEMENT TO CARRY OUT CLEANUP
 OF CONTAMINATION AT TRAPPE, PA., FACILITY
 PHILADELPHIA, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III and Uniform Tubes Inc. (UTI) have entered into an order under consent, requiring UTI to carry out cleanup of contaminated groundwater at the company's Trappe, Pa., facility where speciality metal tubing is manufactured.
 The company also agreed to make efforts to reduce the facility's air emissions of chlorinated solvents by 33 percent by December 1992, and to zero by December 1993.
 The cleanup, which will cost approximately $3 million, consists of pumping out the contaminated groundwater and then removing contaminants with an air-stripper. The contaminants found in the groundwater and soil are trichloroethylene (TCE), trichloroethane (TCA) and chromium, which are used in the company's tube manufacturing process. UTI has also agreed to evaluate the feasibility of a vapor extraction program, to vent and treat residual solvent vapors from the soil beneath the manufacturing area. The company will also submit to the EPA a plan for re-use of the groundwater, to the extent that re-use is practical, after it is pumped and treated.
 EPA enforced an RCRA consent order in 1988 requiring UTI to investigate the nature and extent of contamination in and around its facility, and to submit to EPA a Corrective Measures Study which would evaluate clean-up alternatives. Of the seven alternatives submitted by UTI, the EPA initially selected the preferred clean-up measures and sought public comment on the proposed measures in August 1991. EPA issued a final decision in September 1991.
 This agreement represents the next phase of corrective action activity at the facility. Corrective action is the investigation and stabilization of contamination emanating from on-site activities. Under RCRA, certain companies that may have contamination on their property can be required by EPA to investigate and clean up contamination which poses a risk to human health and/or the environment.
 TCE contamination was initially discovered at UTI in 1977 in the groundwater beneath the facility. The source of the contamination was traced to three underground storage tanks located under one of the production plants. The tanks were pumped dry and filled with concrete. Monitoring wells were installed on-site and an interim groundwater remediation system was implemented to address the contamination in 1980.
 Exposure to TCE at sufficient levels, through inhalation and/or ingestion can cause an increased cancer risk in humans.
 Documents relating to the cleanup at UTI are available for review at: EPA, Region III, 841 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. Contact John Nevius, 215-597-2381; or Perkiomen Valley Public Library, Intersection of Route 29 and 2nd Avenue, Schwenksville, Pa.; or Ursinus College-Myrin Library, off of Route 422, Collegeville, Pa.
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 /CONTACT: Ruth Podems of the EPA, 215-597-4164/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III; Uniform Tubes Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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