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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at proposal (September 8, 1983): Rare Earths, Inc., extracted THORIUM and rare earths from monazite ore on a 6.5-acre site in Wayne Township, Passaic County, New Jersey, from 1948 to 1957, when Davison Chemical, a division of W.R. Grace & Co. Inc., acquired the facility. Grace ceased processing monazite ore in 1971 and amended its license to cover only storage of radioactive materials. Grace and its consultant decontaminated the site in 1974, and in 1975 the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the site for unrestricted use provided the land deed indicated that radioactive material was buried on the property. The wastes on-site consist of residues from processing monazite ore and from the decontamination. An EPA aerial survey in May 1981 indicated elevated radiation levels at the plant site and an area to the west. As a result of extensive soil contamination, the overburden covering the waste disposal area on the site may be insufficient to prevent further movement of the contaminated soil by run-off. Status (September 21, 1984): The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) is addressing the site under a $2 million appropriation as part of its Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). Status (March 13, 1989): USDOE acquired the site on September 18, 1984 and renamed it "Wayne Interim Storage Site." On September 21, 1984, the site was placed on the final NPL under the name "W.R.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Manufacturing process
    • Other
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The contaminants identified at the WISS are radioactive particles in the THORIUM and URANIUM+ decay series as well as various metals and organics which were part of previous industrial processes at the site. The cleanup and stockpiling of waste has substantially decreased the health risk to the surrounding community. Radionuclide contamination in soil and sediment which was a concern at the Pompton Plains railroad spur was remediated in summer, 1993.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    RADON  X  

    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 W.R. GRACE/WAYNE INTERIM STORAGE (USDOE):

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

    Overall site:
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    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in PASSAIC County by EPA Hazard Ranking Scores.

    *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
    EPA ID: NJ1891837980
    Address: 868 BLACK OAK RIDGE RD
    WAYNE, NJ 07470
    Other Names: W. R. GRACE (NJD980763858)
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Federal Facility
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 21, 1984
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the W.R. GRACE/WAYNE INTERIM STORAGE (USDOE) Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 1
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the W.R. GRACE/WAYNE INTERIM STORAGE (USDOE) Superfund site.
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