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
- Storage - drums/containers of waste
- Waste tank - below ground