Saturday, September 30 from 11:00am-1:00pm, join in a gathering to learn and pray about toxic Superfund sites under the management of the Environmental Protection Agency northwest of Philadelphia. Nationwide, toxic Superfund sites are polluting our air and water, while also harming communities health. According to the landmark Toxic Waste and RAce study by the United Church of Christ, communities of color are most likely to live near toxic sites, contributing to racial disparities in health problems such as asthma and cancer.
We will meet at Valley Forge Acres Park, then view the Stanley Kessler Superfund Site and the Crater Resources/Keystone Coke/Alan Wood Superfund Site. Protodeacon Sergei Kapral of the Orthodox Church in America will lead us in prayer.
This event is co-sponsored by the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Creation Justice Ministries, and Lutherans Restoring Creation. Please join us as we urge Congress to properly invest in the work of the Environmental Protection Agency and its Superfund Site remediation program. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanley Kessler Superfund Site
The 3-acre Stanley Kessler Superfund site is located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. A welding wire degreasing and repackaging business operated on site from the 1960s to 2000. During operations, site operators improperly disposed of solvent degreasers. In 1979, sampling detected contaminants in the Upper Merion Reservoir, a source of drinking water for the area. EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983. Cleanup included groundwater treatment. Groundwater treatment and monitoring are ongoing. Two tenants continue to operate industrial facilities on site.
As of December 2016, EPA had data on one on-site business. This business employed 20 people and generated an estimated $10,530,000 in annual sales revenue. For additional information click here.
Crater Resources, Inc./Keystone Coke Co./Alan Wood Steel Co. Superfund site
The Crater Resources, Inc./Keystone Coke Co./Alan Wood Steel Co. Superfund site is located in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania. The 95-acre area consists of four inactive quarries. Beginning in 1919, Alan Wood Steel Company disposed of wastes generated by its coking facility in three of the quarries. In 1977, Keystone Coke Company purchased the Alan Wood Steel Company and continued to dispose of wastes at the site until 1980. Site investigations identified contaminated wastes, liquids, soil and sediment in the quarries. Groundwater was also contaminated. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1992. Cleanup activities required removal of contaminated soil and sediment and capping. Groundwater monitoring and some cleanup activities are ongoing. A commercial office park is located on site. As of December 2016, EPA had data on 62 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 3,083 people and generated an estimated $733,261,984 in annual sales revenue. For additional information click here.
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