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Superfund Site Report: CHEMICAL CONTROL
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (October 1981): The Chemical Control Site is in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Elizabeth River borders the site on the west and Arthur Kill is about 200 feet east. The State, through litigation, placed the company in receivership in January 1979, leaving on-site about 65,000 drums of untreated hazardous chemical waste, two buildings used for the storage of chemicals and pesticides, and seven storage tanks containing chemicals. The State worked on cleaning up the site until April 1980, when there was a massive fire. Due to fire, the cleanup activities on site were accelerated. Status (July 1983): Cleanup activities continued to November 1981. The site is now a fenced-in gravel lot with about 200 gas cylinders and 11 trailers awaiting disposal, and blocked storm sewers. A U.S. Coast Guard report indicates several metallic objects are in the river adjacent to the site. EPA plans to conduct additional studies and corrective actions at the site, under a Superfund State Contract with New Jersey amounting to about $500,000. The owner and a waste transporter were found guilty of criminal charges and are in jail.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Recycling (Other than primary operation)
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste tank - above ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The sediments of the Elizabeth River and the onsite soils were contaminated with VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS), pesticides, acid and base/neutral extractables, and metals. The subsurface soil was contaminated with VOCS. Eating contaminated fish, shellfish, crabs, and other marine organisms and direct contact with sediments in the Elizabeth River may be potential health threats. Other industrial pollution sources in the area may contribute to contamination in the Elizabeth River. The site is located near estuaries and critical habitats for estuarine fauna; these areas could be threatened by contaminated waters and sediments.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    BENZENE XX  
    DICHLOROMETHANEX    
    HEXACHLOROCYCLOPENTADIENE    X
    PHOSGENE  X  
    POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLSXX   
    TOLUENEXXX  
    TRICHLOROETHYLENE X   
    TRIHALOGENATED METHANES (THM) X   
    XYLENE (MIXED ISOMERS)  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 CHEMICAL CONTROL:

    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: CHEMICAL CONTROL
    EPA ID: NJD000607481
    Address: 23 SOUTH FRONT ST
    ELIZABETH, NJ 07202
    Other Names: CHEMICAL CONTROL CORPORATION
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Abandoned
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
     
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the CHEMICAL CONTROL Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 379
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of past and present PRPs who contributed less than 1% of the waste: 101 - 500
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: None

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the CHEMICAL CONTROL Superfund site.
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