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Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site (PA) - New Information on Investigations

Date Posted: March 31, 2008

The Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site in Pennsylvania is the site of a former zinc smelting operation. For most of the 20th Century, the Palmerton, PA facility emitted large quantities of metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, manganese and zinc, that were deposited in the Palmerton area including Blue Mountain and nearby watersheds. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues clean-up efforts, Federal and State trustee agencies are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Monies recovered through the NRDA process will be used to restore, replace, or acquire the equivalent of the injured public resources in order to compensate the public for lost services provided by thos resources.

Several Fact Sheets describing on-going NRDA studies were recently released. These fact sheets, as well as other information and documents relater to the NRDA, can be found on the Palmerton Zinc Pile Damage Assessment Site.

Steve Klassen 814-234-4090

Palmerton Zinc Pile Damage Assessment Site.

Division of Environmental Quality - The Restoration Program

Last updated: June 12, 2015