WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Arsenic in soil at the site of a proposed development on Old Forge Road in Washington Township, Pa., tested on average 5 to 8 1/2 times higher than the amount deemed allowable by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, an engineer said Wednesday.
However, a remediation crew will scrape off an average of 6 inches of contaminated soil to ensure the level is reduced to the allowed 12 milligrams per kilogram, said Gary R. Brown of RT Environmental Services Inc. of King of Prussia, Pa.
The soil, contaminated by pesticides used on the apple orchard, tested in certain areas at 165 mg/kg, he said.
Long-term exposure to the higher levels could lead to skin abnormalities and several types of cancers. That would involve a child playing in contaminated soil and licking his or her hand each day, Brown said.
A cleanup plan for the 187 acres was formed by RT Environmental Services for Carlino Development Group of Wyomissing, Pa., and approved by the DEP. An inspector will be at the location whenever dirt is being moved, Brown said.