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EPA TO DIRECT INVESTIGATION AND CLEANUP OF CONTAMINATION OF PASSAIC ESTUARY FROM SUPERFUND SITE IN NEWARK, NJ

 NEW YORK, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of New Jersey have agreed on a process which will expedite the further investigation and appropriate cleanup of chemical contamination that emanated from the past operations of the former Diamond Alkali plant in Newark, New Jersey. There is documented evidence that the site is a source of dioxin and certain other chemical contamination and is a probable source of contamination in the Passaic Estuary. The property has been designated a Superfund site; Superfund is the federal program to address inactive or abandoned hazardous waste sites.
 EPA and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE) held a meeting last week with representatives of Occidental Chemical Corporation to determine how best to consider, evaluate and potentially authorize Occidental to conduct the necessary investigation. Occidental has agreed to provide the agencies with all the data the company has collected in the Passaic Estuary in recent sampling studies.
 Acting EPA Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski said, "It is EPA's intent, working hand-in-hand with the State, to move rapidly with this undertaking and whatever cleanup is required. Controlling the contamination associated with Diamond Alkali is a high priority for the region."
 EPA and Occidental will negotiate to obtain an agreement whereby the company would conduct the necessary investigation regarding dioxin contamination from the Diamond Alkali site. If Occidental fails to conduct the investigation, EPA, with assistance from the State, will use public funds to do it.
 Under a consent decree, Occidental and Chemical Land Holdings, Inc. agreed to remediate contamination at the former plant site and a neighboring property.
 Site Background
 The Diamond Alkali facility at 80 Lister Avenue in Newark has been cited as a probable source of the dioxin and certain other chemical contaminants in sediments in the Passaic Estuary. The property has been used for manufacturing by numerous companies for more than 100 years. The mid-1940s marked the beginning of the manufacturing operations related to the current site conditions, including the production of DDT and phenoxy herbicides. The Diamond Alkali Co. (later known as Diamond Shamrock), acquired the property in 1951 and produced various chemicals and pesticides until 1969, when the company ceased operations. Subsequent owners used the property until 1983, when sampling at the site revealed high levels of dioxin.
 Past Actions
 The dioxin discovery led to the 80 Lister Avenue property being secured by a fence and by twenty-four hour security guard service. Exposed soils on the property were covered with geofabric to prevent potential migration of contamination. At other neighboring properties, dioxin-contaminated soils and debris were removed by excavation, vacuuming, and other means, and were transferred to 120 Lister Avenue for storage. This work was initiated by EPA and NJDEPE in 1983 and was taken over by the Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Company under State Administrative Consent Orders.
 In 1987, EPA selected an interim remedy for the 80 and 120 Lister Avenue properties that relies on measures including (1) construction of a slurry wall around the properties, (2) installation of a cap over the properties, and (3) pumping and treating of groundwater to reduce the migration of contaminated groundwater. Under a Consent Decree with EPA and the State, Occidental and Chemical Land Holdings, Inc. agreed to remediate conditions at the site. Cleanup work is expected to begin in 1995 after completion of the design for the interim remedy.
 Under the Consent Decree, periodic reevaluations of the remedy will be performed after the interim remedy has been constructed. The remedy will be modified if additional actions are found feasible for making the remedy more effective and more permanent.
 Enforcement Chronology
 In 1984, the State and Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Company entered into two Administrative Consent Orders, the first for the investigations and immediate response work at 80 Lister Avenue and the second for investigations and immediate response actions at other properties including 120 Lister Avenue. A Consent Decree was filed in 1989 between Chemical Land Holdings, Occidental Chemical Corporation, the State, and the EPA requiring Occidental Chemical Corporation to undertake cleanup activities at the site. The U.S. District Court approved the Consent Decree in November of 1990.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill or Mary Breitenbach, both of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/


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