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Superfund Site Report: VENTRON/VELSICOL
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway

    Conditions at listing (September 1983): The Ventron/Velsicol Site was a chemical-processing operation from before 1953 until it closed in l974. The site is on l9 acres bordering Berry's Creek and the Hackensack Meadowlands in Wood-Ridge Borough, Bergen County, New Jersey. The region is densely populated and industrialized. HEAVY METALS are leaving the site in ground water and air, threatening extensive wetlands and a very large population, according to the State. There is also a significant direct contact hazard from wastes dumped on the ground. The State filed suit in l976 against the company seeking a judgment of liability and funds to clean up the site. The Chancery Division found for the State in l979. Following appeal by the defendants, the Appellate Division found for the State in l98l. The case is now before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. The State is considering various remedial actions; costs are expected to be at least $4 million. Status (June 1984): EPA is planning a remedial investigation/ feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action.

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Discharge to sewer/surface water
    • Incineration residuals handling
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Manufacturing process
    • Recycling (Other than primary operation)
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
    • Waste pile
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater and sediments on-site are contaminated with MERCURY. Offsite sediments are contaminated with MERCURY and ZINC. Soils and surface water contain various HEAVY METALS. Private wells located in the vicinity of the site are believed to be contaminated. Nearby residents could be exposed to siterelated contaminants when drinking or touching the water or sediments in the creek. Because wastes were dumped directly onto the ground, onsite workers also may be exposed to contaminants located in soils and sediments. Migration of siterelated contaminants is threatening nearby wetlands.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    CADMIUM    X

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    List ground water uses.
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for VENTRON/VELSICOL:

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

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

    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in BERGEN 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: NJD980529879
    Address: ETHEL BLVD
    Other Names: BERRY'S CREEK
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Chemical Plant
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 21, 1984
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the VENTRON/VELSICOL 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? 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
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: None

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the VENTRON/VELSICOL Superfund site.
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