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Superfund Site Report: PICATINNY ARSENAL (USARMY)
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at proposal (July 14, 1989): Picatinny Arsenal covers 6,491 acres in Morris County, New Jersey. Most of the land is in Rockaway Township; small portions of the western side are in Jefferson Township. Interstate 80 is about 1 mile southeast of the main entrance. The surrounding areas are suburban as well as summer vacation areas. In operation for over 100 years, the arsenal has been a major source of munitions in wartime throughout much of this century. Currently, its primary mission is research, development, and pilot plant production of explosives and propellants for the Army. Picatinny Arsenal is participating in the Installation Restoration Program (IRP), established in 1978. Under this program, the Department of Defense seeks to identify, investigate, and clean up contamination from hazardous materials. IRP studies have established that many areas on the arsenal are contaminated by manufacturing waste and unexploded ordnance. At least 54 potential hazardous waste areas exist on the base, according to a 1987 report of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. They include areas for testing rocket fuels, munitions, and propellants; areas where chemicals and shells were buried; surface impoundments; landfills; drum storage areas; and a sludge bed.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Explosive disposal/detonation
    • Inadvertent spill
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Landfill
    • Manufacturing process
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste pile
    • Waste tank - above ground
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Monitoring wells and soils adjacent to unlined lagoons, which until 1981 held wastewater from metal plating and etching facilities, are contaminated with VOCS and HEAVY METALS. POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) and an organic pesticide were found in the sediments of the Green Pond Brook. In 1982, the brook was dredged, and the materials were piled nearby. Site studies have found metals, explosives, and trace amounts of DIOXIN in a defined area; access to that area has been restricted. The contaminated groundwater, soil, and sediments could pose a health hazard if accidentally ingested. Contaminated groundwater has apparently migrated off-site at the southern boundary where low levels of explosive compounds have been found in private wells. The Army extended a municipal water line tothe residences with the contaminated private wells. In addition, the contaminants from the site could pollute the waters of Green Pond Brook, Lake Denmark, and Picatinny Lake.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    CADMIUMX    
    CARBON TETRACHLORIDEX    
    CHROMIUMX    
    CHROMIUM COMPOUNDSX    
    COPPERX    
    COPPER COMPOUNDSX    
    CYANIDE COMPOUNDSXX   
    TRICHLOROETHYLENEX    


    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
    Aquifer discharges into: A sensitive ecological environment
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 1,001 - 5,000
     
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for PICATINNY ARSENAL (USARMY):

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

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:


    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in MORRIS 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
    Site Name: PICATINNY ARSENAL (USARMY)
    EPA ID: NJ3210020704
    Address: OFF RTE 15 DOVER NJ
    DOVER, NJ 07866
    Other Names: PICATINNY ARSENAL
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 1
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 10
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 11
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 12
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 13
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 19
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 2
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 20
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 21
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 22
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 23
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 24
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 3
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 4
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 5
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 6
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 7
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 8
      PICATINNY-ARSENAL 9
    Site Ownership: Federally Owned
    Category of Site: Federal Facility
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: February 21, 1990
     
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the PICATINNY ARSENAL (USARMY) 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
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