EPA SELECTS $8.15 MILLION REMEDY FOR SOURCE OF GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION AT SUPERFUND SITE IN BERGEN COUNTY, N.J.
NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE) have selected an interim remedy for soils and leachate known to contain heavy metals and chemicals that are located in the upland portion of the Universal Oil Products, Inc. Superfund site in Bergen County, N.J. The remedy will deal with the most-contaminated materials through on-site treatment. The less-contaminated materials will be addressed through protective on-site containment. The action will begin early next summer and is expected to cost $8.15 million when completed. NJDEPE has been the lead agency on this site, managing all the enforcement, technical and public participation aspects involved in the cleanup. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous waste sites. Acting EPA Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski said, "This is a good example of what federal and state cooperation can achieve. This action, when completed, will result in the removal of the last of the materials that are a continuing source of contamination for groundwater and surface water near the site." Contamination at the site is being addressed in three phases. This first cleanup phase deals primarily with contaminated soils. The second phase of the cleanup will address contaminated groundwater and the third phase will address contaminants in the adjoining creek area. Under state supervision, Allied Signal, the parent company of Universal Oil Products, removed 950,000 gallons of contaminated water and over 1,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils from the lagoon areas of the site in 1990. That removal of waste responsible for site contamination significantly reduced the threats of exposure from hazardous materials and of further environmental degradation at the Universal Oil Products site. Under a State Administrative Order on Consent, Allied Signal initiated studies of the nature and extent of contamination of site soils and groundwater at the site, as well as possible remedial actions. This work was done under the supervision of EPA and the NJDEPE. The interim remedy being announced today is based on the completed study of site soil contamination. The investigations leading to the final remedies for groundwater and nearby surface water problems at the site currently are taking place. Specifically, this interim remedy calls for the following measures: --For PCB/PAH-contaminated soils, the selected remedy is a combination of thermal desorption for highly contaminated soils, soil cover for less contaminated soil, and institutional controls; --For the VOC-contaminated soil, the selected remedy is thermal desorption; --For lead-contaminated soils, a combination of impermeable cap and institutional controls; --For VOC-contaminated leachate, a leachate collection system is to be installed in the form of trenches and pits; after collection, the leachate will be treated on-site leachate and then discharged to ground surface. Site Description The Universal Oil Products site is located on a 75-acre site along Route 17. Various chemicals were manufactured from 1932 until 1979, when the company ceased operations and dismantled the plant. The company also recovered solvents and waste chemicals at the site from 1960 through 1979. Approximately 4-1/2 million gallons of waste solvents and solid chemical wastes were dumped into two unlined lagoons during this time, which resulted in contamination of the soil, surface water, and groundwater. The wells for Wellington Township are located approximately 2-1/2 miles from the site. The site is in the coastal wetland management area of the Hackensack River Basin. Groundwater is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzenes, trichloroethylene (TCE), vinyl chloride, and toluene; polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); and heavy metals. Sediments contain PCBs. Soil contains VOCs, PCBs, and lead. Surface water is contaminated with VOCs and lead. -0- 10/5/93 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/
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