DeRewalSuperfund in UBE

EPA Regional Office

This is just an example of a Superfund site in Upper Black Eddy, Pa.

This site was found in the early 1970s.

It has been actively worked on for years..

It is not a crazy large site...It is just a company that felt like saving money instead of disposing of the waste properly...

Look at these re-occurring per year costs...

Estimated Capital Costs: $7,180,100 

Estimated Annual O&M Costs: $463,900

Estimated Present Worth Cost: $13,157,000

These Superfund sites need to be prevented...

No country or government in the World can afford to clean up these toxic sites after they are created...

There are some details in this 5 year report that clearly describe what has to be done when the water table is contaminated...  It is very costly, very complicated and it takes more time and money than we will ever have.

 BRIDGETON TWP            BOARHEAD FARMS                         LONELY COTTAGE DR                      PAD047726161


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The EPA "Superfund" (CERCLIS) List

"Superfund" is the commonly-used name for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Contamination and Liability Act (the "Superfund" law). The Environmental Protection Agency was empowered to accept reports of toxic spills and pollution, and created the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Contamination and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) database.

The EPA now maintains these lists in up-to-date, searchable, form at and you can download the complete databases at In addition, the EPA main search engine can often find site information if you just type the name of the company in the search box.

Once you have found a site, you can use its EPA site number to search the entire EPA website for more information, or call the EPA Regional Office and ask to get a copy of the "Consultant's Report" for the site, and, if any available, remediation reports. They charge between 30c and 50c per page for copying.

Below are the state-by-state lists extracted from the EPA CERCLIS database of 1997. They include all sites from the "current" Superfund list and from the "archive" list - those in the original CERCLIS database but later removed from the "current" listing.

A large number of sites were removed from the Superfund "current" list as a result of agreements by the companies involved to perform the cleanup privately, whether or not the cleanup has actually been performed adequately, although many of these sites have been properly remediated. Some were removed because a decision was made that the contamination was not severe enough for Superfund listing. The highest priority sites were placed on a special list called the National Priority List (NPL). There are a total of more than 40,000 CERCLIS sites in the U.S. and its territories, of which only about 1000 were chosen as priority cleanup sites. Call the EPA Regional Office to check the status of a site.

In general, CERCLIS sites are those where serious hazards exist or have existed which are threats to health. Most states have reporting mechanisms for hazardous waste problems, and only the most serious of these incidents are reported to EPA for the Superfund list. For example, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection lists over 8,000 sites, of which only about 1,000 were placed on the CERCLIS list.

Note: the lists for states with a large concentration of industrial development are large - some 200K bytes or more. Please be patient.

The entries for each site includes only name, address, city, and EPA file number.

There is also a website you can use to track the cleanup levels of many Superfund sites. I do not usually endorse other commercial websites, but this website appears to be unique in the amount of data that they can provide regarding these sites, data that would take most people enormous amounts of time and money to find and classify.

The website is:

BOARHEAD FARMS, Upper Black Eddy -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a Record of Decision on November 18, for the approximately 120-acre Boarhead Farms site.  A ROD documents EPA’s preferred cleanup method for a hazardous waste site, and includes input from the public on the selected method.  That action will consist of groundwater treatment, remediation of soil hot spot areas and excavation and removal of buried drums of hazardous substances from past disposal activities conducted at Boarhead Farms.   Background: Boarhead Farms was used for horse breeding until 1970, when the Boarhead Corporation purchased the property and began to repair equipment and store and bury waste materials from its waste salvaging and hauling business.  Also, the Boarhead Corporation discharged the contents of numerous tank trucks on the ground at the site. There have been a number or documented releases that have occurred both on and from the property, attributed to broken valves on trucks that stopped for repairs or to discharges by the Boarhead Corporation.  In 1984, EPA detected volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) and heavy metals in wells, surface waters and sediments both on and near the site.  To date, EPA has conducted three separate removal actions at the site, and has removed numerous tanker trucks, truck hulks and over 2,600 drums of waste which were buried on the property.  Also, the contents were discharged at the site.   Approximately 900 people live within three miles of the site and get drinking water from public and private wells.  Roughly one-third of the site is low-lying wetlands.  The Delaware River, which is used for recreational activities, is two and a half miles downstream.

EPA Environmental News
May 4, 2000

Three Companies Help Clean Up Boarhead Farms Superfund Site
Contact: Ruth Podems, (215) 814-5540

BRIDGETON TWP., Pa. – Three companies have agreed to continue the cleanup of hazardous waste at the Boarhead Farms Superfund site here, under a partial settlement filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia.

The three companies, Cytec Industries, Inc., Ford Motor Co. and SPS Technologies, Inc. are allegedly responsible for some of the contamination at the 120-acre site in Upper Black Eddy, Bridgeton Township, Pennsylvania. The EPA has already started the cleanup there, and the three companies will now take over a portion of it.

The Boarhead Farms Superfund Site on Lonely Cottage Road is the site of the now defunct DeRewal Chemical Co., a chemical and waste hauling company. The property is currently owned by Boarhead Corporation. Manfred DeRewal Sr. is the president of both companies.

In the 1970s, state and local officials responded to several chemical spills at the site, and discovered discarded and buried drums throughout the property. The soil, surface water and groundwater are contaminated with concentrated acids and caustics, paint solvents, pesticides, chloride, chromium, copper, nickel, zinc, copper ammonium sulfate, arsenic pentoxide, and copper naptholate.

In 1976, the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas ordered Mr. DeRewal and both of his companies to remove all chemicals from the site. In 1989, EPA put the site on the National Priorities List for Superfund cleanups. Since 1992, EPA and its contractors have excavated and removed more than 2,600 drums of chemicals, constructed a groundwater treatment facility, and installed and operated residential well filtration systems.

According to information obtained by EPA, Ford, SPS and Cytec (formerly known as American Cynanamid Co.) contributed some of the hazardous substances found at Boarhead. The three companies are among several landowners, waste generators, or waste transporters that EPA has identified as being potentially responsible under the Superfund statute for cleaning up the Boarhead site.

Cytec, Ford and SPS have agreed to take certain clean-up measures at the site, including the pumping and treating of contaminated groundwater, treatment of residential water supplies, and installation of six additional monitoring wells. The settling parties have already started this work under an administrative consent order.

EPA is continuing additional other work at the site, including soil aeration, treatment of volatile organic compound hot spots, excavation and off-site disposal of buried drums, and other activities. EPA is continuing its investigation of other parties that may be liable under Superfund for cleanup costs.

The proposed settlement is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.

Federal Register May 18, 2000

[Federal Register: May 18, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 97)]


[Page 31602-31603]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []






Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree in Comprehensive 

Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Cost Recovery 


    In accordance with the Departmental Policy, 28 CFR 50.7, notice is 

hereby given that a Consent Decree in United States v. Cytec 

Industries, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and SPS Technologies, Inc., Civil 

Action No. 00-CV-2248 was lodged with the United States District Court 

for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 2, 2000. This Consent 

Decree resolves certain claims of the United States against Cytec 

Industries, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and SPS Technologies (``Settling 

Defendants'') under Sections 106 and 107(a) of the Comprehensive 

Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (``CERCLA''), 42 

U.S.C. 9606 and 9607(a), for performance of Operable Unit 1 response 

action and for Operable Unit 1 future response costs at the Boarhead 

Farms Superfund Site located in Bridgeton Township, Pennsylvania. The 

Consent Decree requires the Settling Defendants to perform all Operable 

Unit 1 activities (as defined in the Decree) and to pay all Future 

Response Costs relating to Operable Unit 1 activities at the Boarhead 

Farms Superfund Site.

    The Department of Justice will accept written comments on the 

proposed Consent Decree for thirty (30) days from the date of 

publication of this notice. Please address comments to the Assistant 

Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 

Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, 

DC 20044 and refer to United States v. Cytec Industries, Inc., Ford 

Motor Company, and SPS Technologies, Inc., DOJ #90-11-2-06036.

    Copies of the proposed Consent Decree may be examined at the Office 

of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 615 

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 and at EPA Region III, 1650 

Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A copy of the proposed Consent 

Decree may be obtained by mail from the U.S. Department of Justice, 

Consent Decree Library, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC

[[Page 31603]]

20044-7611. When requesting a copy of the proposed Consent Decree, 

please enclose a check to cover the twenty-five cents per page 

reproduction costs payable to the ``Consent Decree Library'' in the 

amount of $21.00 (for Decree without appendices) or $50.00 (for Decree 

with appendices), and please reference United States v. Cytec 

Industries, Inc., Ford Motor Company, and SPS Technologies, Inc., DOJ 

No. 90-11-2-06036.

Joel M. Gross,

Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural 

Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

[FR Doc. 00-12482 Filed 5-17-00; 8:45 am]


Record of Decision System (RODS)



Site Name: 




City & State: 







EPA Region: 



NPL Status: 

Currently on the Final NPL


ROD Type: 

Record of Decision



ROD Date: 


Operable Unit(s): 




Groundwater, Sediment, Soil, Surface Water



Base Neutral Acids, Metals, PAH, Pesticides, VOC



The Boarhead Farms Superfund Site is located in Bridgeton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, four miles from

Revere. It occupies approximately 120 acres. Approximately one half of the site is wooded and non-wooded wetlands.

The other half includes open field areas, four manmade ponds, wooded uplands, a farmhouse, office, and stable.

Boarhead Corporation (BHC) purchased the site in 1969 and remains the current legal owner. Throughout the 1970s,

chemicals were found to be improperly stored and disposed of at the site. EPA placed the site on the National Priorities

List (NPL) in March 1989. There have been four removal actions all taking place in 1992 and 1993.

A Record of Decision addressing this site was completed in November 1998.



EPA has selected Alternative 6 for implementation at the Boarhead Farms Site. The following are the key components of the selected remedy:

Soil Aeration and Treatment of volatile organic compound (VOC) Hot Spots: Excavation and mechanical aeration of soil hot spot areas to remove high levels of VOCs (primarily TCE and benzene) in a temporary onsite treatment building equipped with carbon filters. Two areas were idenitified as containing high levels of VOCs. The first is located west of the site residence and south of the Keystone garage. The second VOC hot spot is approximately 0.75 miles from the residence along and including a small road leading north from the main site access road. The wooded wetlands shall be left undisturbed.

Excavation and Offsite Disposal of Buried Drums: Excavation and offsite disposal of buried drums to reduce the potential for continued migration of contaminants to the soil and groundwater as well as to reduce exposure risk. 

Groundwater Extraction, Metals Precipitation, and Air Stripping: Continued extraction and treatment of VOCs in groundwater via the existing interception trench and extraction wellsand air stripping treatment system and addition of a metals precipitation unit to remove inorganics to reduce contaminants in the groundwater to below Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).

Installation of Additional Monitoring Wells: Installation of additional monitoring wells to monitor the effectiveness of the remedial action. These wells will be placed in areas along the perimeter of the site to permit monitoring of migration, if any, of contaminated groundwater.

Institutional Controls and Monitoring: Implementation of institutional controls to protect the integrity of the remedial action components and the previously installed soil cover to ensure continued protectiveness of the remedy.

Residential Water Treatment: Continued maintenance of the granular activated carbon (GAC) filters that were installed on affected residential water wells in the surrounding area to prevent exposure to contaminated groundwater from the site.

Phytoremediation: Performance of treatability studies in the main former disposal areas of the site to determine whether phytoremediation is a viable treatment technique to aid in the removal of VOC and metals contamination in the groundwater.

Estimated Capital Costs: $7,180,100 

Estimated Annual O&M Costs: $463,900

Estimated Present Worth Cost: $13,157,000

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