Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Higgins Disposal Site covers 38 acres at 121 Laurel Avenue in a rural area north of Kingston, Somerset County, New Jersey. For an unknown number of years, the owner operated an unpermitted landfill and an unpermitted transfer station on the site. The owner of this business owns Higgins Farm, which is also proposed for the NPL at this time. In 1981, as required by CERCLA Section 103(c), FMC Corp. reported to EPA that in 1974 its Princeton plant had sent chemical waste containing HEAVY METALS, organic solvents, and pesticides to the site. In October 1982, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued an Administrative Order under the State's Solid Waste Management Act requiring Higgins Disposal to stop accepting and disposing of solid waste and remove waste already at the facility. On June 26, 1986, NJDEP sampled soil and water on the property. Analysis identified PCBS (AROCLOR 1248), tetrachloro-ethylene, 1,2-DICHLOROBENZENE, and BIS(2-ETHYLHEXYL)PHTHALATE in on-site soil. More...
Sources of Contamination:
- Dumping - unauthorized
- Explosive disposal/detonation
- Waste tank - below ground