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Vineland, NJ residents concerned about new Kil-Tone site.

For the past couple of weeks, work crews are installing sod to homes surrounding a newly christened Superfund site, in the hopes of containing soil contaminated with arsenic and lead. Despite the improvements, residents are still worried about the effect that decades of unknown contaminates may have on themselves and their children.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added the site of the former Kil-Tone Company facility on East Chestnut Avenue to its list of Superfund sites in April. Kil-Tone was a pesticide manufacturer that operated from the 1910s to the 1930s. The pesticides--given names like London Purple or Paris Green--were arsenic base.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection discovered the arsenic and lead contamination in the soil and groundwater surrounding the Kil-Tone site in August 2014. The department then alerted the EPA about the contaminations. Now that the site is officially on the Superfund list, its cleanup is eligible for federal assistance.

"We found these high levels of heavy metals and especially in residential properties and especially in places where you have kids playing in the soil--kids are the most sensitive to most contaminates especially heavy metals--we want to make sure the kids are protected as well as the families," said Terry Kish, on-scene coordinator for the workers.

The work crews are tearing up a couple inches of soil and laying down sod in order to create a buffer between people and the contaminations. The sod buffer will remain until next year when the affected soil can be completely excavated and replaced.

Vineland has been keeping its residents informed about the contamination and educating the residents on how to protect themselves. Leaflets given to residents advising them not to eat any vegetables grown in the soil without preparing them first and to take care of the newly sodden lawns.

In addition to new sodding, the EPA is also installing gardens in the yards of residents affected by the contamination...

The EPA named Vineland and four other locations as Superfund sites in April, bringing the statewide total to 1,328.

Source: Don E. Woods, NJ.com

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