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Superfund Site Report: AMERICAN CYANAMID CO.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): American Cyanamid Co. manufactures a wide range of organic compounds on a 575-acre site in Bound Brook, New Jersey. On the site are a number of individual disposal areas, including both active and inactive lagoons and inactive landfills. Ground water beneath the site is contaminated with a wide range of organic compounds. The plant is located on the Raritan River adjacent to surface water intakes for public water supplies. Status (July 1983): American Cyanamid is pumping a sufficient amount of ground water to prevent migration off-site and is also conducting additional studies of the source of contamination. All activities are part of an Administrative Consent Order the company signed with the State.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Manufacturing process
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Ground water underlying the area is highly contaminated with various VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) such as BENZENE, CHLOROBENZENE, ETHYLBENZENE, XYLENE, and metals from site production activities.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    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: 0
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for AMERICAN CYANAMID 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 SOMERSET 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: NJD002173276
    BOUND BROOK, NJ 08805
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Chemical Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the AMERICAN CYANAMID 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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