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Superfund Site Report: GARDEN STATE CLEANERS CO.
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): The Garden State Cleaners Co. Site is in a mixed residential, commercial, and light industrial area in the Minotola section of Buena Borough, Atlantic County, New Jersey. The surrounding area is predominantly rural and one of New Jersey's prime agricultural areas. Since the 1950s, the company has operated on Summer Road approximately 500 feet from South Jersey Clothing Co., which is also being proposed for the NPL at this time. In an investigation of Garden State Cleaners in 1984, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection detected 43,000 parts per billion (ppb) of TETRACHLOROETHYLENE in soil below a steam discharge pipe. Off-site monitoring wells downgradient of Garden State Cleaners and South Jersey Clothing contain up to 78,000 ppb of TRICHLOROETHYLENE and 6,600 ppb of TETRACHLOROETHYLENE, according to analyses conducted in 1984 by the companies. These concentrations have forced closing of private wells and construction of a new municipal water supply system. Approximately 9,000 people obtain drinking water and 3,800 acres of farmland are irrigated from wells within 3 miles of the site.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater and soils are contaminated with VOCS, primarily PCE and TCE. Use of contaminated groundwater for domestic purposes and agricultural irrigation may pose a health threat as a result of drinking or touching contaminants.

    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: 1,001 - 5,000
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: No data
    Aquifer discharges into: A drinking water aquifer
    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 GARDEN STATE CLEANERS CO.:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
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    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in ATLANTIC 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: NJD053280160
    Address: SUMMER AVENUE
    MINOTOLA, NJ 08341
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Other
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: March 31, 1989
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the GARDEN STATE CLEANERS CO. Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 5
    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

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the GARDEN STATE CLEANERS CO. Superfund site.
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