Corps hosts Shallow Land Disposal AreaPublic Meeting Nov. 14

Published Nov. 6, 2018

WHO: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District 

WHAT: District staff will present an update to the public on the air and water monitoring results, the contract status, site activities, funding and other issues of public interest.

WHERE: Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 1119 Dalmation Drive, Vandergrift, Armstrong County, PA 15690

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 – 9 p.m. 


The SLDA, encompassing 44 acres of privately owned land, is located approximately 23 miles east-northeast of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. It is on the right bank of the Kiski River, a tributary of the Allegheny River, near the communities of Apollo and Vandergrift. Radioactive waste disposal operations were conducted between 1960 and 1970 at the site.

As part of work done under Atomic Energy Commission contracts, low-level radioactive materials were produced, primarily for fuel for nuclear powered submarines and power plants. Disposal operations were conducted by the firm NUMEC, Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation, in the early 1960s. In 1967, ARCO purchased stock in NUMEC. In 1971, ARCO sold the stock of NUMEC to Babcock & Wilcox which has changed to BWX Technologies. BWX Technologies is the current owner of the Parks Township Shallow Land Disposal Area.

For more information, visit the Army Corps’ SDLA website:; hardcopy documents related to the study, site testing, and removal plans are available online and at the Apollo Library, 219 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Apollo, PA 15613-1397. Due to its size, the Corps' Remedial Investigation study is available on disc upon request.

For additional information please contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email:

Jeff Hawk
412-395-7503 (fax)
1000 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222

Release no. 18-049