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Superfund Site Report: PJP LANDFILL
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Design Underway

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): The PJP Landfill covers about 50 acres near the Hackensack River in Jersey City, New Jersey. Much of the dump, now closed, is uncovered, and fires frequently flare up on the surface and underground. Volatile organics and other toxic substances have been detected in air, ground water, and run-off. Ground water is used by local industries. Surface waters in the area are used for commercial shipping and recreation. The property is adjacent to heavily populated residential areas. Status (July 1983): The State is negotiating with the current owners of the site to undertake a study to define the nature and extent of contamination at the site.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Dumping - unauthorized
    • Landfill
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    The shallow ground water in the vicinity of the site is contaminated with the heavy metal CHROMIUM, phenols, various pesticides, and volatile organic chemicals (VOCS). The leachate from the site is contaminated with VOCS including BENZENE and CHLOROBENZENE and the heavy metal LEAD. The deeper aquifer of concern has not been impacted significantly by the landfill. Some contamination is present in the deeper aquifer, but the levels are within federal drinking water standards. Potential health risks are possible from the accidental ingestion of contaminated ground water and leachate or from direct contact with the contaminants. Because it is used for recreational boating, pollution of the Hackensack River also could present a health threat.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    LEAD X   
    PHENOL    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    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 PJP LANDFILL:

    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: PJP LANDFILL
    EPA ID: NJD980505648
    Address: 400 SIP AVE
    JERSEY CITY, NJ 07306
    Other Names: PJP LANDFILL
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Landfill
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the PJP LANDFILL 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? Yes
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