|The National Powder Company became Joyce National Powder and operated
up to the early 1980s. The facility occupied over 200 acres and
consisted of 43 buildings, a dump area and nitro-glycerine pond.
The site was auctioned to approximately thirty separate purchasers,
and no one was aware of the presencce of extremely hazardous materials
still on site. The Department of Environmental Protection became
involved in 1997 and the area declared a superfund clean-up with
$800,000 allocated towards the disposal of the chemicals on site.
Blasting agents, explosives A, nitro-glycerine and dinitrotolune
were in buildings that were open, many with no doors and windows.
Over 200 laboratory containers and 50 drums containing hazardous
materials, some leaking, had to be stabilized and 24-hour security
brought in to secure the area from trespass. The small on-site railroad
was torn up in 1981 and sold to the Bucksgahuda & Western Railroad
Company in St. Marys, PA.