East Pikeland Township residents living near the Kimberton Superfund site want clean drinking water. But they don't want to give up their private water wells and start paying public water bills in order to get it.
Therein lies the problem with a proposed plan to clean up the Kimberton site, which in 1982 was placed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list of hazardous waste sites targeted for cleanup.
The Kimberton site, which borders Hares Hill and Cold Stream Roads and Route 113, was owned by the Ciba-Geigy Corp. during the 1950s. The firm manufactured plastics through a process that led to groundwater and soil contamination, according to J. Stewart Johnson, an environmental production manager with Ciba-Geigy.