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Superfund Site Report: CALDWELL TRUCKING CO.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): Caldwell Trucking Co. is an active sewage hauling firm occupying 9 acres in Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey. For several years up to 1974, the owners hauled industrial waste and discharged it into four unlined lagoons. The sludge in the lagoons contains, among other things, TRICHLOROETHYLENE, CHLOROFORM, and LEAD. About 50 private wells have been closed because of contamination from this site, and another 50 to 100 are threatened. Two public wells have been closed. The plume of contaminated ground water is moving toward the Passaic River. The point where the plume is predicted to enter the river is about 2 miles upstream of a drinking water intake in the river. In September 1982, the State required Caldwell Trucking to install monitoring wells and to decontaminate the site, including removing contaminated soil and sludge from the lagoons. Status (July 1983): Conditions at the site are currently being addressed through a State enforcement action against parties responsible for wastes at the site.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Ocean disposal
    • Waste tank - below ground
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Ground water is contaminated with hazardous substances, including TRICHLOROETHYLENE and 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE. Metals, VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS), polycyclic aromatic HYDROCARBONS (PAHS), and POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS) were detected in the subsurface soils on the Caldwell Trucking property. These contaminants, in high concentrations, were also found in the subsurface soils; they are defined as "California List" wastes. LEAD and other metals were also detected in surface soils. VOCS were detected in surface waters near the site, in a tributary to Deepavaal Brook, the brook itself, and the Passaic River. Drinking contaminated ground water is a potential health threat.  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? Yes
    Population served by the wells now shut down: 5,001 - 10,000
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
      Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: 5,001 - 10,000
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for CALDWELL TRUCKING 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 ESSEX 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: NJD048798953
    Address: 222 PASSAIC AVE
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Pure Lagoons
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the CALDWELL TRUCKING CO. Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 18
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the CALDWELL TRUCKING CO. Superfund site.
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