RTE 724 & WELLS RD
The five-acre Recticon/Allied Steel site consists of two properties: the former Recticon facility and the Allied Steel Products Corporation facility. Recticon was a subsidiary of Rockwell International, manufacturers of silicon wafers from 1974 to 1981. As early as 1979, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) detected trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical component of solvents, in the groundwater beneath the site. In 1980, a Recticon contractor found TCE in the plant drain lines, in sludge trapped within buried waste lines, and in soils. Allied Steel Products Corporation fabricated steel since 1972 on a property 100 feet to the southeast of Recticon. In 1984, an Allied contractor determined that leakage in the area of Allied's compressor room had released TCE to the ground. High levels of TCE were also found in Allied's on-site well. The area around the site is residential, industrial, and agricultural. On-site and private wells sampled by the EPA were found to be contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including TCE. The most recent monitoring shows that all off-site wells are free from site contaminants and TCE contamination is very low and localized to only several on-site monitoring wells. Runoff from the site reaches the Schuylkill River 2,400 feet downstream. The local water company blends water from the river with well water to serve its 11,500 customers. Site Responsibility Cleanup of this site is the responsibility of federal and state governments, and parties potentially responsible for site contamination.
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