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INSTALLATION OF TEMPORARY CAP AT THE CHEMICAL INSECTICIDE CORP. SUPERFUND SITE IN EDISON, N.J. TO START IN OCTOBER

 INSTALLATION OF TEMPORARY CAP AT THE CHEMICAL INSECTICIDE CORP.
 SUPERFUND SITE IN EDISON, N.J. TO START IN OCTOBER
 NEW YORK, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of a sub-contract worth approximately $1.1 million to install a synthetic liner over the 6-acre Chemical Insecticide Corporation (CIC) Superfund site in Edison Township, N.J. The installation will start in October and may be completed by January of next year.
 The cap will prevent chemical residues in contaminated soils at the abandoned insecticide plant site from washing into surface waters near the site and reduce the seeping of chemical residues into groundwater. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous waste sites across the country.
 Action taken by EPA in the mid-1980s to further restrict public access to CIC and other actions to control the off-site movement of the contamination have already reduced the immediate health threat of direct contact with the chemicals. TAMS Consultants, Inc., of New York City, EPA's prime contractor for site remediation at CIC, awarded the sub- contract for installation of the liner to Geo Con, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Geo Con will perform additional tasks included in the interim remedy for the site EPA selected in September 1989. These actions include grading the site and the installation of a system for the controlled release of uncontaminated surface water runoff from the cap. TAMS, which designed the cap, will oversee the installation, as well as the other tasks included in the interim remedy. EPA considers the cap to be a temporary remedy and is conducting studies to determine the best technologies for further cleanup of the site.
 Site Description
 The Chemical Insecticide Corporation (CIC) Site is located in Edison Township. CIC owned the property located at 30 Whitman Avenue from 1954 to 1970 and used it for processing various pesticides. This property had previously been owned by a number of other companies. In the mid- 1960s, the Edison Department of Health became concerned about odors, wastewater discharges and on-site fires. The Department ordered the facility to stop is charging wastewater, oversaw disposal of leaking drums to eliminate an odor problem, and ordered the closing of on-site lagoons. CIC declared bankruptcy in 1970. Subsequently, Piscataway Associates bought the approximately 6-acre CIC property and demolished the production facilities. As part of a State-wide dioxin screening program, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy sampled soil from the site and found dioxin, triggering more detailed investigations by EPA. There are approximately 77,000 people living within 3 miles of the site. An unnamed stream and Mill Brook run near the site and have been used for recreation. Groundwater is a potential alternate water supply in the event of shortages in the municipal water supply system. There are also a number of privately owned wells in the area.
 The soil at the site is contaminated with arsenic, organic pesticides (e.g., DDT, lindane) and other hazardous substances. Although site access is controlled by fences, contaminants can migrate from the site by means such as surface water runoff, groundwater migration and airborne dust migration. Contaminated surface water runoff from the site has been found to contain arsenic and herbicide dinoseb. This runoff enters an unnamed tributary of Mill Brook. The groundwater at the site is contaminated by arsenic, organic pesticides and other hazardous substances. Although public drinking water in the area is from distant sources, the continued migration of groundwater contaminants could potentially affect private wells near the site.
 The site is being addressed in three stages: immediate actions, an interim remedial action for the problem of contaminated surface water runoff being announced today and a long-term remedial phase which will focus on cleanup of the contamination sources and of the groundwater.
 The immediate action which involved the installation of a 6-foot chain-link fence, encompassing a portion of the existing fence, helped restrict public access to the detected contaminants. Warning signs were posted at the site and along the unnamed tributary and Mill Brook. An action was also taken in response to the overflow of a drainage ditch to a parking lot adjacent to the site. Contaminated surface water was removed from the parking lot and the drainage ditch was unclogged and reinforced to prevent future overflows. Potential risks associated with contaminated surface water runoff were reduced, but not eliminated by this action.
 EPA is continuing its remedial investigation of the sources of hazardous substances and of the groundwater contamination. Completion of the investigation is expected in 1993. The completion of treatability studies to establish the effectiveness of different treatment technologies is also underway, as is the completion of a Feasibility Study which will develop and evaluate different cleanup alternatives.
 Public Meeting
 EPA will hold a public meeting for CIC on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1992. The meeting will be held at the Edison Township Municipal Complex (100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, N.J.) from 7-9 p.m. The purpose of the public meeting is to inform the public about the progress which has been made since the last public meeting, which was held in September of 1991. For further information regarding the public meeting, contact Cecilia Echols, community relations coordinator at 212-264-0949.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: Chemical Insecticide Corporation ST: New Jersey IN: CHM SU:


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