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Site Owner in Emmaus, Pa. Agrees to Implement Superfund Cleanup Plan

Release Date: 12/6/2001
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, (215) 814-5543

Bonnie Smith, (215) 814-5543

PHILADELPHIA – The owner of the property known as the Rodale Manufacturing Superfund Site has agreed to complete the cleanup of hazardous substances at the 1.8-acre site located at 6th and Minor Streets in Emmaus, Lehigh County, Pa.

Under a proposed consent decree filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia with the U.S. and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP), site owner Square D Company will carry out the cleanup plan approved by EPA and PaDEP in September 1999.

The cleanup plan includes a groundwater pump and treat system and groundwater monitoring. The estimated cost of the cleanup is $4.2 million.

Square D Company has also agreed to reimburse EPA and Pennsylvania for their past and future costs associated with this site. EPA’s past costs are $138,193, and Pennsylvania’s past costs are $53,853.

The proposed consent decree is subject to a public comment period and final court approval. Additional information about this site may be found at
In the 1930s, Rodale Manufacturing Company conducted an electrical component business at the property. Its manufacturing processes included electroplating, vapor degreasing, metal shaping and molding activities. Through the mid-1970's, Rodale Manufacturing used trichloroethylene in its vapor degreaser, disposing of degreaser solvents in on-site wells. In 1975, the property was purchased by Bell Electric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square D Company, which continued electrical component manufacturing activities.