Genesis To Remove Affected Soil At Pottstown Parcel

POTTSTOWN PA – Genesis Housing Corp. plans to dig up and haul away portions of ground behind a home at 404 Jefferson Ave., Pottstown PA, to solve a contamination problem created by leaks from petroleum tanks associated with a former automotive garage and gas station that operated on the site in years past.

Genesis rehabilitates vacant and owner occupied properties throughout Montgomery County, including special programs in Pottstown and Norristown.

Genesis’ “Notice of Intent to Remediate” the property was recently submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to an advertisement that appeared April 15 (2011) in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, one of the area’s publications of record for legal notices.

Two underground storage tanks that were installed on the property, for what was called the “unidentified” garage, have already been taken out. However, Alexander Ulmer of Genesis’ engineering firm, Barry Isett & Associates, reported their removal uncovered “petroleum impacts to the soils beneath the tanks.” Genesis will deal with that problem, Ulmer noted, by removing the affected soil “for off-site disposal.”

Because the property will still be dedicated to residential use in the future, the notice said Genesis expects to prove it has successfully remediated the site to meet residential statewide health goals set by the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act.