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Superfund Site Report: DAYCO CORP./L.E CARPENTER CO.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Design Underway

    Conditions at proposal (April 10, 1985): Dayco Corp./L.E. Carpenter Co. manufactures vinyl-coated wall coverings on a site of about 2 acres in Wharton Borough, Morris County, New Jersey. Prior to l970, the company disposed of polyvinyl chloride sludge by burying it in drums. In January 1982, Dayco Corp./L.E. Carpenter Co. and the State entered into an Administrative Consent Order requiring the company to remove the sludge, study ground water contamination, and decontaminate ground water. Later in the year, the company removed approximately 4,000 cubic yards of sludge and soil in the rear of the property. In 1983, an engineering firm hired by the company studied ground water and prepared a proposal to decontaminate it. The firm estimated that approximately 20,000 gallons of recoverable organic solvents are floating on the ground water beneath the site. Additional investigations are underway. The facility is located in the floodplain of the Rockaway River, a recharge area for the unconsolidated Quaternary Aquifer, which is designated a sole source of drinking water for the Rockaway River Basin area. Dover Township wells and Wharton Borough wells serving 27,000 people are within 3 miles of the plant. Status (July 22, 1987): In September 1986, the State and Dayco Corp./L.E. Carpenter Co.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The ground water and soil at the site are contaminated with various VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS), such as XYLENE and ethyl BENZENE, and phthalate esters, as well as with inorganics, such as LEAD and ANTIMONY. Site-related contaminants have been found in Rockaway River sediment samples. The contaminated ground water and soil could adversely affect the health of people if accidentally swallowed or if touched.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    BENZENE    X
    LEAD    X
    NICKEL    X
    OCTANE    X
    STYRENE    X
    TOLUENE    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No
    Aquifer discharges into: Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: No data
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for DAYCO CORP./L.E CARPENTER CO.:

    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
    EPA ID: NJD002168748
    Address: 170 N MAIN ST
    WHARTON BORO, NJ 07885
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Manufacturing Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: July 22, 1987
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the DAYCO CORP./L.E CARPENTER CO. 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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