The EPA and the NJ Dept of Environmental Protection have finalized plans for the cleanup of the Evor Phillips Leasing Co. Superfund site. The site consists of 6 acres of contaminated soil with more than a thousand buried waste containers. After many years metal reclamation and industrial waste treatment at the site, NJDEP investigators found volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including heavy metals and trichloroethylene (TCE). The site has been listed by the EPA as one of the most hazardous waste sites in the U.S. since 1983.
A groundwater treatment facility was completed in 1999, and buried drums have been removed from the site. In the next phase, areas of contaminated soil that create a human health risk or pose a risk of groundwater contamination will be dug up and removed from the site. They will be filled in with clean fill dirt or soil from other areas of the site. Areas of the site that still have contamination will then be covered with a layer of clean soil, crushed stone or asphalt.
For the full story, go to the EPA Press Release.