The Real Hazleton Area
This page is dedicated to my good friend Bertha Girard, who lost her fight to Berylliosis in October of 2006, that she acquired while working as a nurse at the former Kawecki-Berylco outside of Hazleton.
Bertha and her son Jason the day before his wedding 2005.
(Picture courtesy of her son Jason, Thank You again, Jason)
For you and the
thousands of people like you in the Hazleton Area, I wrote this page.
This Picturesque View Is Of The Greater Hazleton and surrounding Area Will Show The True Story Of What We Live With On A Day To Day Basis.
Past Deep Pit Coal Mining Has Raped
And Robbed This Area
Of All Itís Scenic Beauty And Left Some Nasty Scars Here
Before we get into some of the picturesque scenes from the area, I thought I would bring up two important issues that face the Hazleton Area.
Water One is the concern of the water quality in the Hazleton area. I thought about writing this as I saw a lady carry out a water cooler she had purchased from K-Mart. I thought to myself "another person who doesn't drink the water". My husband and I haven't drank the water here for a year now. It's amazing that you can do without the smell of Chlorine. Do we really know what's in the water, not for sure, but when it comes from a reservoir only a mile and a quarter from the old Berylium site and pumped from the Hudsondale dam, which has connections to the Still Creek Reservoir, which had problems in the past. Also, not to forget the arsenic found in #6 well at McAdoo. I'm sorry I will not drink it, I don't even water my plants with it. Copies of the local water company reports are available on the EPA Envirofacts board at www.epa.gov/enviro/ by clicking on water then in the SDWIS block type in the zip code.
Sewer People in the surrounding area of Hazleton just paid exorbitant fees to be connected to the sewer system, when in reality Hazleton has a Combined Sewer Outfall system. What that means is when it rains or there is an access of water, valves are opened and the water flows out supposedly to creeks, not, onto the land, rain water and sewage. There are 15 valves all together that open to 13 outfalls. I know personally of a few. One flows under a bridge and under the Thomas Market on the 940 road, another is in Cranberry and flows to the property just remediated, the next flows along Hollars Hill Road and pours out on the side of the road across from the old entrance to the Old Hazleton City Landfill, the next flows out of a tunnel that runs under Broad St and flows out next to the UGI building on North Poplar St. and the last one I know of, and the largest flows on to the old Hazleton City Landfill and looks like a large reservoir. Verification of what I have said is located on the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority Page at www.ghjsa.org then click on CSO.
Here are the pictures to document my statements.
|CSO 10||Goes under Thomas Market||Sewer from under 924||Goes onto Cranberry Land|
|CSO 4||Runs onto Hollars Hill Road||CSO 13 & 14||Runs out of tunnel by UGI|
|Channel from Locust Pumping Station||Runs onto Hazleton City Landfill|
Combine this information with the following.
This is one of the greatest travesties of this area. Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine lost her son when he fell over a high wall in the back of Kelayres, where they lived. Office of Surface Mining spent in access of 9 million dollars to reclaim that land, only to have AC Fuels dump Fly Ash down the side wall of the reclaimed area into the wetlands that have formed on the bottom.
UPDATE! I requested files, including the permit for AC Fuels to be dumping into this remediation site. I received the documents on Jan. 14, 2009, including a letter from the Pottsville office of DEP. The letter states "The ash placement area is adjacent to the reclamation site. The mine reclamation area will not be disturbed to allow placement of coal ash." Either myself and a few people are going blind or something is wrong here. That ash is going right down the side of the reclamation site.
OSM 54 (1385)
|This is part of the entire reclamation. The wetlands are at the far end.||Closer view of the Fly Ash spilling down the bank into the wetlands at the far end.|
|Bulldozer pushes Fly Ash into pit containing wetlands||Wetlands filled with Fly Ash Slurry.|
Pictures courtesy of My McAdoo Home
Speaking of Highwall, this one is wicked. Don't know how deep, but sure is down there. It runs along the south side of Tresckow. This one is definitely "STAY OUT & STAY ALIVE."
OSM 13 (3216)
Left: This nasty hole was on top of the Spring Mountain. Right: This car was actually found in draining the water from the hole.
This is now the site is on the top of Spring Mountain. The rear part is all filled and graded and the front of the site has a water feature only 3 feet deep for the birds and geese.
The picture to the left is a drainage channel that would drain the water if the pond becomes too high. In 2008, we saw AMD coming out of the ground in the middle of the channel, not from the pond. I reported the issue to DEP, but they didn't think it was a problem. In July of 2009 this picture on the right was taken showing the water seriously discolored (also someone's tires that had been dumped there). I suspect the Quakake Tunnel which runs under the site is blocked and AMD is seeping through the surface of this site.
OSM 13 (3700)
This is the Quakake Tunnel, exiting the Spring Mountain on the Packer Township side of the mountain. The portal is was almost completely blocked by landslide, but remediation efforts are underway to restore the flow.
This afternoon (Jan.31, 2010), I finally located the Buck Mountain #2 Drainage Tunnel in Buck Mountain, PA. The amount of water coming out of the portal is incredible.
Located between Lake Choctaw and Lake Susquehanna on the private community of Eagle Rock is the Oneida #1 Outfall. It drains the Oneida North mine workings. On the right can be seen the limestone treatment basins. Note the turquoise colored water, indicating the presence of Aluminium.
This Is 2 fly ash pits between McAdoo and Audenreid
belonging to AC Fuels
and NEPCO disposal.
Northeastern Power Co (NEPCO) burns coal waste
and the by-product of that waste is flyash.
Big Gorilla Demonstration Project
|Big Gorilla being filled with ash from NEPCO.||Big Gorilla upon completion.|
Chemicals from site possibly have polluted Surface Water, Groundwater And Possibly The Stillcreek Reservoir, With People Suffering from a rare form of Cancer called Polycythemia Vera. The site Was Removed From The Superfund List On December 13, 2001.
McAdoo Associates Today.
Impacted by toxins from McAdoo Associates and Big Gorilla is the Little Schuylkill River
Little Schuylkill River at the bridges on East Main St and Fairview St in Ginther .
|Remains of first McAdoo Associates Site||Removal of underground storage tank.|
The second McAdoo Associates site was located behind West Blaine St. in McAdoo.
Tonolli was located along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. They smelted and recycled lead and lead-acid batteries. Added to the Superfund List October 1989.
All that remains of the site today is a huge mount covered with a cap, and the office building. Site monitoring is going on at the site, checking for leach ate into the Nesquehoning Creek.
Located to the north east of Tonolli is Panther Creek Partners, another coal burning facility.
The Audenreid Tunnel before and after collapse drains the Jeansville deep mine workings.
Pictures courtesy of Catawissa Creek Restoration Association.
The passive system installed on the Audenreid Tunnel cleans the water before it enters the Susquehanna River.
This Building Was
The Site Of The Former Chromatex Plant #2,
Valmont Industrial Park, Famous For Itís Releases of Trichloroethylene
Into The Surface And Groundwater of The Surrounding Area.
Wells are being treated with Potassium Permanganate in hopes of dissolving the TCE.
Tranguch Tire Service, Samís Amoco, Orloskiís Shell and Hazleton Standard Fuel were the original four blamed for the spill. In Feb 2009, Tranguch was removed from a class action lawsuit because of bankruptcy and Hazleton Standard for an unknown reason was removed also. The remaining defendants are Exxon Mobil, Pipeline Petroleum, Lisari Realty, Samís Amoco and owner Sam Franzosa and Gracedale Realty a party from the former Shell station. Spill affected 400 homes in the Laurel Garden section of Hazleton.
The following 3 sites should have been placed on the Superfund List, but were not.
This is the former site of the Hazleton City Landfill. From 1955 to 1982 toxic chemical of every name was dumped on this site.
Now being "reclaimed" with River dredge and construction and demolition waste, and Flue Gas Desulfurization material.
Site Of The Former
Beryllium Plant In Ashmore,
East Of Hazleton. Dr. Dessen said this plant would boast Hazleton's economy,
instead it killed hundreds of people who contacted Beryliosis, like Bertha.
Land Is Now Owned By Cabot Corp.
American Cable Recyclers
Formerly Agmet, they recycled silver from x-rays and photographic film. Several
deteriorated drums of Potassium Cyanide and other chemicals were found
on the premises and removed by the EPA.
A little more than a mile from the
old Beryllium Site is the Derek Creek Reservoir, where Hazleton gets its
drinking water from.
American Cable Recyclers
Formerly Agmet, they recycled silver from x-rays and photographic film. Several deteriorated drums of Potassium Cyanide and other chemicals were found on the premises and removed by the EPA.
A little more than a mile from the old Beryllium Site is the Derek Creek Reservoir, where Hazleton gets its drinking water from.
Jeddo Tunnel Exits Acid Mine
Drainage From The Jeddo Mine workings
And The Hazleton Shaft To The Nescopeck Creek In Drums.
Nescopeck Creek suffers from Acid Mine Drainage from the Jeddo Tunnel.
This is the great Silt bank at the crossroads of Highland and Jeddo roads (Across from where the breaker stood).
These trucks are taking the silt to
Northampton Fuel to burn.
In return they are brining in fly
ash from the burning and depositing it in a pit along
Stockton Mountain Road.
I had received an email from a person asking me to take a look at a site located east of Freeland, PA. The former site of C & D Recyclers. I did some checking on the EPA site and found that the site is still on the Superfund List. I went to the site and took some pictures. I had some concerns that there were no monitoring wells on the site, especially since it is a Superfund site.
|This was Oct. 25, 2007||This was April 13, 2008 - The Office Is Gone.|
As you can see in this picture taken April 13, 2008, the office has been torn down. What is even more interesting the sign on the fence "WARNING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS NO TRESPASSING" had been removed. Is that saying the site is now ok?
I was just reading an article in the Standard-Speaker on July 20th saying C & D Recyclers is going to lose their Superfund status. The property went up for a tax sale an 2006 and was purchased by the conservancy, who plans on keeping the site in it's natural state. I can't understand how anyone could think all of these contaminants just wash away after time.
The huge pile of chipped plastics composed of aluminum and copper wire on the property of Eastern Diversified Metals in Hometown, PA. The company reclaimed copper and aluminum from cable between 1966 and 1977. Was placed on the Superfund List in October of 1989. On the lower right is a picture of a section of the remediated site on September 20, 2008.
Still Creek Reservoir supplies Tamaqua and surrounding area. Believed to be contaminated from McAdoo Associates. Location of fish with cancerous cysts.
Hudsondale Dam supplies water to Hazleton. Is fed by Quakake Creek. Believed to be contaminated by same source as Still Creek.
Many of Our People Have Died Senselessly Because Of The Coal Mining And Industry That Has Been Located In Our Area. We Are Hoping For A Better Future And An End To The Senseless Suffering And Dying From Industry And The Environment.
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