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Former Tank Car Site Redevelopment

Learn the latest about the Township's effort to redevelop the former Tank Car Site in Oreland

Description of the Site

From approximately 1921 until 2001, TCCA owned and operated a facility at the Property to repair or maintain railroad tank cars. Operations at the facility included the rebuilding, repair, alteration, and conversion of rail cars; major and minor fabrication and welded repairs to tanks; and sandblasting and painting of railroad cars. TCCA’s former industrial operations at the facility produced hazardous wastes and liquids containing hazardous substances that were placed in a lagoon, and later into buried tanker cars, at the Property. In addition, sandblasting grit containing lead was used and disposed of at the Property. When TCCA ceased operations in 2001, the lagoon, tanker cars, and sandblast grit were left in place on the Property. The EPA initiated a Superfund removal site evaluation at the Site in 2006 and selected to conduct a Removal Action. This action included the identification of above- and below-ground tanks; securing tank-openings and piping systems to prevent releases of hazardous substances; and sampling, characterizing, removing, and disposing off-Site liquids in the tanks. It did not, however, remediate all known contaminants on the site. Residual contaminants in soil and groundwater were left behind. BL Companies, on behalf of the Township, currently is in the process fully delineating these impacts. Once fully delineated, the residual impacts will be actively remediated, as needed, and then capped with several feet of clean fill material.

Latest News

FEBURARY 10, 2021: Commissioners approve additional deep-water monitoring well

At their regular business meeting, the Board of Commissioners authorized the installation of an additional deep-water monitoring well at the site. The additional well was recommended by BL Companies, the environmental consultant currently contracted by the Township to guide the community through the State's Act 2 clean-up process and conduct Phase II Environmental Assessments (which includes soil and water sampling). 

OCTOBER 19, 2020: Virtual Public Meeting on Pending Brownfields Application

A neighborhood public meeting was held on October 19, 2020 to provide a project update and solicit input from residents on the Township's draft EPA Brownfields Grant Application for the remediation and demolition of the five structures located on the former TCCA site. The Application (submitted in Nov. 2020) as well as the minutes from the meeting can be found in the documents section below.  

OCTOBER 12, 2020: Township to apply for EPA Brownfields Clean-up Grant

Springfield Township is applying to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a Brownfields Cleanup Grant to remediate hazardous substances at a property known as the former Tank Car Corporation of America (Tank Car), located at 1725 Walnut Avenue. In order to update the community on Springfield's intent on applying for the Brownfields Cleanup Grant and obtain public input on the draft grant application, the Township hosted a public virtual meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM with Township staff and the environmental consultants working on this project. 

OCTOBER 12, 2020: Community Input Wanted

Interested parties are invited to comment on Springfield's application for an EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant! Comments are due before October 27, 2020. Individuals wishing to submit public comment on the application may do so using the website’s comment feature (located on the green header bar). 

EPA Brownfields Grant Application Materials

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