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Superfund Site Report: SYNCON RESINS
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at listing (July 1982): Syncon Resins once manufactured paints, varnishes, and resins on a 5-acre site in South Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. The company closed in 1981 and declared bankruptcy. The site is situated within a coastal wetlands management area and is bordered on the west by the Passaic River, a tidal waterway. About 11,000 55-gallon drums are stored in warehouses and also in the open on the ground. Analysis indicates that many drums contain hazardous substances. Many are volatile and flammable, posing the threat of air pollution and fire. Some drums have rusted, spilling their contents onto the soil. Several bulk storage tanks suspected of containing hazardous substances are also on the site. Two unlined ponds used for subsurface disposal of process waste contain hazardous organics. A large amount of soil is contaminated, and ground water is contaminated with organic chemicals, including BENZENE, PCBS, and TOLUENE. Status (July 1983): In December 1982, EPA awarded a $2,115,000 Cooperative Agreement to New Jersey for (1) an initial remedial measure involving removal of surface drums and (2) a long-term feasibility study to fill any gaps in the information on ground water and to identify alternatives for remedial action at the site.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Manufacturing process
    • Other
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater is contaminated with VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCS) including TOLUENE, XYLENES, and TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) and HEAVY METALS such as LEAD and NICKEL. Contaminants in the sediments include HEAVY METALS, VOCS, and POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS).  More...

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    M-XYLENE  X  
    O-XYLENE  X  
    P-XYLENE  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: 0
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for SYNCON RESINS:

    Less Hazard National Average More Hazard
    0%         50%         100%

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:
    Ground water migration:
    Air migration:

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    *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
    Site Name: SYNCON RESINS
    EPA ID: NJD064263817
    Address: 77 JACOBUS AVE
    KEARNY, NJ 07032
    Other Names: SYNCON RESINS
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Chemical Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
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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? Yes
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0

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