Pennsylvania makes $1M grant to clean up asbestos site in Ambler

On its Superfund website, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows this aerial view from the 1930s of the former Keasbey and Mattison manufacturing facilities and waste disposal areas.

Pennsylvania has awarded the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County a $1 million grant toward the clean-up of a 4.6-acre asbestos-contaminated site in Ambler, at the former Keasbey & Mattison property, Gov. Wolf’s office announced Tuesday.

The money from Pennsylvania’s Industrial Sites Reuse Program will be used for excavation and disposal of contaminated soil and asbestos-containing material, the installation of an environmental cap, and other measures.

A 134,205-square-foot, 115-unit apartment building is in the works for the site, which became part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program in the 1980s. Keasbey & Mattison, which manufactured automotive-construction products, ultimately became part of Armstrong World Industries.