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Hazardous Sites Cleanup Public Hearing Notice

posted Jun 5, 2018, 6:18 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 6:21 AM ]

Notice of Proposed Interim Response
Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site, East & West Rockhill Townships, Bucks County

Public Hearing July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department), under the authority of the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA) (35 P.S. §§ 6020.101—6020.1305), is proposing an interim response at the Ridge Run PFAS HSCA Site, East and West Rockhill Townships, Bucks County, PA. The Site is located along Old Bethlehem Pike, Bethlehem Pike, Tabor Road, Hill Road and North Rockhill Road. The Ridge Run PFAS Site includes approximately 12 private wells impacted with per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) above the Health Advisory Limit (HAL) combined concentration for Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) of 70 nanograms per liter (ng/L) or parts per trillion (ppt). The area of the Site consists mostly of residential properties mixed with several commercial properties.


 In August of 2016, the North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) conducted sampling for PFAS in two public water supply wells in East Rockhill Township in accordance with the Federal Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR3). Analysis of these samples detected combined concentrations of PFOS and PFOA of 117 ng/L and 70 ng/L, both at or above the HAL. Approximately 156 homes have been sampled by the Department in the subsequent investigation of the surrounding area. Twelve properties have been impacted above the HAL. The highest combined concentration detected was 11,320 ng/L. No source area has yet been identified. The Department is continuing to sample homes affected by the contamination to monitor concentrations at the Site. In addition to the 12 properties impacted above the HAL, two other properties with concentrations above 40 ng/L have continued to be monitored for seasonal fluctuations. The Department has also been providing bottled water to impacted homes. The owners of two of the affected homes have installed their own carbon filtration units, which have been effective at reducing the levels of contamination below the HAL.


 To address the release or substantial threat of release of contaminants at the Site, and corresponding threats to human health and the environment, the Department proposes an interim response action at the Site under section 501(a) of HSCA (35 P.S. § 6020.501(a)). The Department hereby proposes the installation of whole house carbon filtration units on affected private residential water supplies with concentrations exceeding the HAL. This proposed alternative complies with Applicable, Relevant and Appropriate Requirements (ARAR) and is feasible and cost-effective. Other possible alternatives include taking no action, the installation of a public waterline and continuing to provide bottled water.


 This notice is being provided pursuant to section 506(b) of HSCA. The administrative record which contains the information that forms the basis and documents the selection of this response action is available for public review and comment. The administrative record is located at the Department's office at 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401 and is available for review Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those interested in examining the Administrative Record at the Department's office should contact Lena Harper at (484) 250-5721 to arrange for an appointment. Additional copies of the Administrative Record are available for review at the East Rockhill Township Office, 1622 Ridge Road, Perkasie, PA 18944, the West Rockhill Township Office, 1028 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960 and on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov/pfcs.


 The administrative record will be open for comment from June 2, 2018, until August 31, 2018. Persons may submit written comments into the record during this time only, by sending them to Lena Harper, Environmental Protection Specialist at the Department of Environmental Protection, 2 East Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401, lharper@pa.gov. In addition, persons may present oral comments, for inclusion in the administrative record, at the public hearing. The Department has scheduled the hearing on July 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Rockhill Township Building, 1028 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960. Individuals wishing to present comments may register by calling the Department's Community Relations Coordinator, Virginia Cain, at (484) 250-5808.


 Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodations to participate in the proceedings, should call the Department's Community Relations Coordinator, Virginia Cain, at (484) 250-5808 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


 Anyone with questions regarding this notice should contact Lena Harper, (484) 250-5721, lharper@pa.gov.

 

PENNRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TO HOLD A BLOOD DRIVE

posted May 22, 2018, 7:21 AM by Greg Lippincott

Support a worthy cause and save three lives with your one blood donation.  Mark your calendar for the Pennridge Regional Blood Drive on July 19, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm at PRPD Headquarters located at 200 Ridge Road, Sellersville. 


Bucks County Issues Recycling Guide

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

The County of Bucks has issued a new Bucks County Recycling A-Z Guide for resident use. Please print and save a copy for your convenience. For more information visit our Trash & Recycling page. 

WRT Under Spotted Lanternfly General Quarantine

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM by Judith Decker   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it. See this flyer for more information also available at the Township building. The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in West Rockhill Township.


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends (based on information from PennState Extension [9]):

1) Kill eggs October through May by scraping them off of surfaces, “Double bag them and throw them in the garbage,"[4] or scrape the eggs directly into a ziploc bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. [10]

2) Removing/killing 90% Ailanthus altissima trees (Chinese Sumac or Tree of Heaven)  since the spotted lanternfly requires a meal from this non-native tree before laying eggs. They recommend saving the male trees as "trap trees", see #3. To kill the tree of heaven, it can be cut down and the stump sprayed with 44% triclopyr-in-water solution, for example Garlon 3A Herbicide. Otherwise, it will send out new shoots. DO NOT MOVE CUT TREES OCT-MAY when they might contain egg masses. Or you can leave the tree standing and kill it with 12% triclopyr-in-oil solution as a basal bark application. You may have to mix the triclopyr-in-oil. The two components are Triclopyr 4 and basil oil with dye.

3) The remaining male "trap" trees should be wrapped with sticky bands starting in early spring to catch any nymphs. These trees should also be treated with systemic pesticides June-August. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends applying pesticides containing Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid as a basal bark spray.[11] One example would be Zylam Liquid.


Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Cannot Be Moved Items 
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there’s a flat surface – meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly. Therefore, a general quarantine over any area found to harbor the Spotted Lanternfly means that any material or object that can spread the pest cannot be moved. 

Regulated Articles and Limitations Imposed by the General Quarantine:
• Any living life stage of the Spotted Lanternfly 
• Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste 
• Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste 
• Logs, stumps or any tree parts 
• Firewood of any species 
• Packing materials like wood crates 
• All plants and plant parts 
• Outdoor household articles like RVs, lawn mowers, chairs, grills, tarps, tile, stone, deck boards, and trucks or other vehicles not stored indoors 

You can move these and similar items if: 
• You have a valid certificate or limited permit that shows that the item has been inspected and determined free of Spotted Lanternfly, or if you have entered a compliance agreement that shows you have the understanding to identify the pest and can ensure the items you transport aren’t carrying it. 
• You are driving through the quarantined area and are transporting your item in a way that makes it unlikely to harbor the pest as you pass through. 
• You complete a certification checklist. 

More information is available at the Township building or at: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly or www.agriculture.pa.gov/Spottedlanternfly.

• Quarantine Questions: Dana Rhodes 717-772-5205 danrhodes@pa.gov 
• To report possible Spotted Lanternfly: 1-866-253-7189 or badbug@pa.gov

With your assistance, we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest. 

ERT-WRT Water Well Testing Notice

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:44 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated May 5, 2017, 6:02 AM by Judith Decker ]

West Rockhill Township was informed in November of 2016 that wells in East Rockhill Township have been found to have slightly elevated levels of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in the water resulting in North Penn taking one of its wells offline. After sampling private drinking water wells located within 1 mile of the North Penn Authority wells, it was discovered that additional private wells in West Rockhill contained PFCs and the investigation radius was increased to include the Bethlehem Pike and Old Mill Road area of West Rockhill Township. The investigation in ongoing.

The Pennsylvania DEP has dedicated website to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS. Additional Notices are at the bottom of the page.


DEP MAP Ridge Run North Penn Well Map

Well Testing Company: Certified Water Services in Newtown 215-968-8860 Approx. cost $495, takes one-three months for results for PFOS and PFAS testing

Be Prepared for Emergencies

posted Jan 5, 2016, 5:53 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 8:03 AM by Greg Lippincott ]

Find useful preparedness information below:

For current weather and updates go to: 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?thumbs=on 

Bucks County's Emergency Preparedness Guide:

http://ow.ly/Xngpu 

Pennsylvania State EMA: 

http://www.pema.pa.gov/   (click on Alerts) 

Personal Preparedness Steps (American Red Cross): 

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family  

PA Homeland Security Advisory Level: 

http://www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.VAnjpfmwInU 

National Homeland Security Advisory Level:

http://www.terror-alert.com/ 

Illegal Roadside Dumping

posted May 4, 2015, 6:04 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

It is unlawful to “throw, deposit, place, or dump…upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land without the owner’s consent…”

Littering or dumping trash, furniture, electronics, animal carcasses, grass or brush clippings, construction materials, etc. along roadsides is prohibited. Violations are misdemeanors and punishable by fines of up to $1000.00 or 90 days in jail, or both. (Ordinance 167)

Residents are asked to be observant of suspicious vehicles and activity. If you witness roadside dumping, note the vehicle description, license plate number and dumping location and call the Pennridge Regional Police Non-Emergency line: 215-257-5104 immediately.

Driveway Pipe Maintenance

posted Jun 10, 2013, 7:18 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

While West Rockhill Township maintains the ditches along township roads, residents are responsible for installation and routine maintenance of their own driveway pipes (Resolution No. 98-07).  The Township’s rural roads are vulnerable to flooding and icing when driveway pipes are clogged, crushed, or in need of maintenance, creating hazardous conditions. Chronically flooded or frozen roadways are also subject to rapid deterioration, with taxpayer dollars spent on repairs or costly repaving.Please inspect your driveway pipe seasonally and clear out debris that may be obstructing the flow of storm water through the ditches.  If you see any driveway pipe or stormwater issues during a storm event, please take a photo and inform the township of the location with the photo. We will investigate the problem.

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