saegertown industrial area


The site is located in Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania (21st Congressional District). The Site consists of approximately 100 acres that contain several industrial operations. In 1980, state analysts discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a Saegertown Municipal Water Authority's well – "Well #2". Several potential sources of VOCs were identified in the industrial area east of the well. General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) cleaned and repaired railroad tank cars on the Site from the mid-1950s to 1965, disposing of wash water, solvents, sludge, and tanker waste on-Site. EPA tests in 1984 identified VOCs and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in on-Site pond sediments and soil. The Lord Corporation produced adhesives, urethane coatings, and "rubber chemicals" on the site. Lord manufacturing processes use various VOCs. Saegertown Manufacturing Co. has produced small steel components in the area since 1965. In 1981, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania detected VOC products in the company's septic tank and on-site wells. Starting in 1974, Spectrum Control, Inc. manufactured ceramic capacitors at its location, using VOCs in the cleaning process. VOCs were also found in on-site monitoring wells. Groundwater is the sole source of potable water in western Crawford County. Saegertown residents are supplied with potable water from four wells, three of which lie within one-mile of the site. In addition, homes outside the municipal water system utilize private wells for potable water supply. The above-mentioned impacted municipal well, "Well #2", was removed from service in 1980, but was put back into use again in 1984, because the contamination levels fell below the levels of health concern. Site Responsibility This site is being addressed through federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.

Hazardous Ranking Score

34 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 3
Within the region: (800) 438-2474
Outside the region: (215) 814-5000

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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        within a 1 mile radius


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