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Superfund Site Report: NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE (SITE A)
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at proposal (October 15, 1984): The Naval Weapons Station Earle covers 10,048 acres in Colts Neck, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Since the early l940s, the U.S. Navy has handled, stored, renovated, and transshipped munitions at the station. These operations involve preserving and maintaining ammunition, missile components, and explosives; rendering safe unserviceable and/or dangerous ammunition and explosives; and providing support to the Fleet Mine Facility. The station also conducts or has conducted nonordnance activities, radiological operations, materials storage, and waste disposal operations. Site A consists of 18 waste areas. Wastes generated in Site A include ordnance materials, grit and paint, paint scrapings, solvent/paint sludges, AMMONIUM picrate, LEAD bullets from small arms ranges, ZINC, LEAD, TITANIUM, and small amounts of other constituents. The Navy detected contaminants in a limited number of sediment and surface water samples, but further background samples are necessary.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Explosive disposal/detonation
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater, sediments, and soils contain elevated levels LEAD, CHROMIUM, and volatile organic contaminants at some areas of the base. People who come into direct contact with or ingest contaminants over a sustained period of time potentially could suffer adverse health effects. Since the facility is an active munitions storage site, public access is restricted, although hazardous areas may not be offlimits to base personnel.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    CHROMIUMXX   
    CHROMIUM COMPOUNDSXX   
    COBALT    X
    COBALT COMPOUNDS    X
    LEADXX   
    MANGANESEXX   
    MANGANESE COMPOUNDSXX   
    PENTACHLOROPHENOLX    
    TITANIUM METAL POWDER    X
    ZINCXX   
    ZINC COMPOUNDSXX   


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
     
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE (SITE A):

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
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    *Note: EPA's Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at time of listing. These scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of cleanup work.
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  • Site Information
    Site Name: NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE (SITE A)
    EPA ID: NJ0170022172
    Address: TYLER LANE & TEXAS RD
    COLTS NECK, NJ 07722
    Other Names: EARLE NAVAL WEAPONS STATION
      EARLE NWS
      NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE - SITE A
      NWS EARLE
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Military Related
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: August 30, 1990
     
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE (SITE A) Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? No
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 0
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
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