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EPA ORDERS PRIVATE PARTIES TO CLEAN UP HAZARDS AT NL INDUSTRIES SUPERFUND SITE IN PEDRICKTOWN, N.J.

 EPA ORDERS PRIVATE PARTIES TO CLEAN UP HAZARDS AT NL INDUSTRIES
 SUPERFUND SITE IN PEDRICKTOWN, N.J.
 /ADVANCE/ NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Superfund Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) that requires 31 companies to start the cleanup of contaminated waste piles, building surfaces and debris, and standing surface water and sediments at the NL Industries, Inc. Superfund site in Pedricktown, N.J. The companies have been identified by the agency as having generated hazardous waste which were disposed of at the site. EPA estimates the cost of the cleanup will be approximately $5 million. Superfund is the federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
 EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, who signed the UAO on March 31, 1992, said, "It is the agency's goal to accomplish the cleanup of the entire site. The order provides for a major step in that direction, and we look forward to working closely with the companies named in the order to accomplish that goal. However, if the companies do not comply with the order, EPA is prepared to either perform the work itself or initiate enforcement actions as deemed appropriate."
 The remedy for the three areas of contamination, was addressed in a Record of Decision signed by Sidamon-Eristoff on Sept. 29, 1991, which includes the following measures:
 -- Solidification/stabilization and on-site placement of slag and lead oxide piles. However, EPA recently augmented this remedy to include the option of offsite disposal and/or treatment of these materials. The agency recently identified off-site treatment and off- site disposal facilities, which can accept treated waste for disposal, or treat the waste at the facility prior to disposal, at a cost that may be competitive with the on-site treatment and disposal remedy. To notify the public of this change, an Explanation of Significant Difference (ESD) will be published in a major local paper on April 6th;
 -- decontamination of contaminated debris and surfaces and off-site disposal of contaminants;
 -- off-site treatment and disposal of contaminated standing water and sediments;
 -- recycling of materials as appropriate; and
 -- environmental monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of the remedy.
 The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy agreed with EPA's selection of these clean-up actions for this site. They are designed to remediate those areas of the site which demand immediate attention while being consistent with long-term cleanup goals.
 Site Background
 The NL Industries, Inc. (NL) site is composed of a 44 acre parcel of real property located in Pedricktown, Salem County, N.J. Located at the site is a abandoned secondary lead smelter and a closed landfill. In the vicinity of the site are the Delaware River, other abandoned industrial facilities, woodlands and residential areas.
 In 1972, NL began the operation of recycling lead from spent automotive batteries at the site. THe batteries were drained of sulfuric acid, crushed and then processed for lead recovery at the smelting facility.
 In December 1988, EPA initiated a removal action to address hazardous conditions at the site which presented the most significant risks to human health and the environment. Activities included: the construction of a fence to restrict access to the industrial area; the encapsulation of the slag piles to temporarily provide protection from rain and wind erosion and contaminant migration, and the installation of warning signs around the site.
 A second removal action was initiated by EPA in September 1989, and included sampling and analysis of the slag piles and lead oxide piles, buildings and debris, and standing water and the off-site removal of over 40,000 pounds of hazardous substances. During March 1991, the security fence was repaired and approximately 2,200 empty, rusted and deteriorated steel drums were removed from the site for recycling. All materials stored in the open and threatening release were placed under the existing covered areas, where they were sampled.
 During 1991, EPA performed a focused feasibility study and additional sampling at the site for the second phase of the remedy, the phase of work to be addressed by the UAO.
 United STates Environmental Protection AGency
 Region II
 In the matter of NL Industries Superfund site, following is a list of potential responsible parties:
 Aaron Ferer & Sons Co., Inc.
 Ace Battery, Inc.
 Acme Alloys
 Allied-Signal, Inc.
 Amlon Metals
 Ansam Metals Corp.
 Anzon, Inc.
 Ashland Metal Co.
 AT&T, Inc.
 Belmont Metals, Inc.
 Bonus Metals Canada, Inc.
 C&D Charter Power Systems, Inc.
 Canada Metal Co., Ltd.
 City Metals Co., Inc.
 Douglas Battery Co., Inc.
 Elizabethon Herb & Metal Co., Inc.
 Exide Corp.
 General Metals & Smelting Co., Inc.
 General Motors Corp.
 Gould, Inc.
 Grant Manufacturing and Alloy, Inc.
 Hammond Lead Products, Inc.
 Johnson Controls
 Louis Mack Co., Inc.
 Master Metals, Inc.
 Metal Bank of America, Inc.
 N. Bantivoglio's Sons, Inc.
 NL Industries, Inc.
 Resources Alloys & Metals, Inc.
 Sampson Tank Services
 U.S.S. Lead Refinery, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of U.S. EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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