Levittown, PA


Levittown, PA

The City of Levittown is home to an estimated 51,945 residents, and it’s located in Bucks County, PA.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Levittown and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Bucks County, PA?
  • How clean is the air in Bucks County, PA?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Bucks County, PA?
  • Is the water in Bucks County, PA safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Levittown, PA

There are eight Superfund sites in Bucks County, PA. Superfund sites, like Watson Johnson Landfill in Richland Township, PA, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Levittown, PA area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

42017

A. Watson Johnson Landfill (HRS Score: 71)

The Watson Johnson Landfill site is located in Richland Township, PA.

Contaminants found at the Watson Johnson Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Mercury
42017

B. Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas) (HRS Score: 58)

The Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas) site, where research, development and testing of Naval aircraft systems occurred, is located in Warminster Township, PA.

Contaminants found at the Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas) site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
42017

C. Chem-Fab (HRS Score: 50)

The Chem-Fab site, home to an electroplating and metal etching facility, is located in Doylestown, PA.

Contaminants found at the Chem-Fab site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
42017

D. Boarhead Farms (HRS Score: 40)

The Boarhead Farms site, which is a residentially zoned property that was compromised by improper waste disposal by the Boarhead Corporation, is located in Bridgeton Township, PA.

Contaminants found at the Boarhead Farms site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
42017

E. Croydon TCE (HRS Score: 32)

The Croydon TCE site, an area that includes residential, commercial, and industrial properties, is located in Croydon Township, PA.

Contaminants found at the Croydon TCE site include:

  • Chloroform
  • Dieldrin
  • P,P'-DDT
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  • Tetrachloroethene
42017

F. Revere Chemical Co. (HRS Score: 31)

The Revere Chemical Co. site, home to an acid, metal and plating waste processing facility, is located in Nockamixon Township, PA.

Contaminants found at the Revere Chemical Co. site include:

  • Asbestos
  • Mercury
  • Chromium(VI)
  • Trichloroethene
  • Copper
42017

G. Dublin TCE Site (HRS Score: 29)

The Dublin TCE Site, where several manufacturing operations took place over the last 50 years, is located in Dublin Borough, PA.

Contaminants found at the Dublin TCE Site include:

  • Chloroform
  • Chloroethene (Vinyl Chloride)
  • Trans-1,2-Dichloroethene
  • Trichloroethene
  • 1,1-Dichloroethene
42017

H. Fischer & Porter Co. (HRS Score: 29)

The Fischer & Porter Co. site, where flow meters and process control equipment was manufactured, is located in Warminster, PA.

The EPA found dangerous levels of Tetrachloroethene, and Trichloroethene at the Fischer & Porter Co. site.

Air Quality in the Levittown, PA Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Bucks County, PA as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

DNC (Data Not Collected): Data on associated pollutants were not collected in this county or county equivalent.
INC (Incomplete): Associated pollutants are being monitored in this county or county equivalent, but data were insufficient to assign a grade.

Radon Levels in Levittown, PA Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

The average indoor radon reading in Bucks County, PA is predicted to be higher than 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 1.

EPA Radon Zone

The EPA Recommends acting to reduce your home's radon level if it's measured at 4 pCi/L or greater. So, if you're thinking about purchasing a home in Levittown, PA, you should strongly consider having a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Levittown, PA Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Bucks County, PA water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
42017Bcwsa Main Lower SouthTotal Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)Increased risk of cancer 
42017Bcwsa Main Lower SouthTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Bcwsa SoleburyArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Buckingham Vly Rehab & NursingArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Doylestown Boro Water DeptTrichloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Falls Twp Water & Sewer DeptTotal Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)Increased risk of cancer 
42017Falls Twp Water & Sewer DeptTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Hilltown Twp Water&Sewer AuthArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Ingham Mews Condominium AssnArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Lower Bucks Co Joint Mun AuthTTHMLiver, kidney, or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Morrisville Munic AuthorityTotal Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)Increased risk of cancer 
42017Pediatric Specialty CareCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
42017Perkasie Regional AuthorityTrichloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Plumstead Twp Summer Hill MeadGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
42017Quakertown BoroArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Red Cliff MHPArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Richland Twp Water AuthorityArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Richlandtown Water DepartmentArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Trumbauersville Mun WaterworksArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
42017Umh Arbor EstatesGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
42017Warminster Municipal AuthorityTetrachloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
42017Warrington Twp Water&Sew DeptGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
42017Yorkshire Meadows Condo AssocArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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