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Superfund Site Report: GOOSE FARM
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (October 1981): Goose Farm is a 1.5-acre site in a rural area of Plumstead Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, drums and free-flowing liquids were dumped into an excavation, which was later covered with soil. PCBS and other toxic organic chemicals have been detected in air, ground water, and surface water. With the State as the LEAD agency, emergency removal actions began at the site in late 1980. Goose Farm, the Friedman Property, Pijack Farm, and Spence Farm (the so-called "Plumstead Sites") are within a 2-mile radius. Status (July 1983): The emergency actions ended in February 1982. They included excavation and disposal off-site of more than 4,800 containers, 3,000 cubic yards of highly contaminated soil, and over 9,000 gallons of bulked liquid wastes. A system was installed to treat 7.7 million gallons of ground water. Site cleanup was funded initially under Section 311 of the Clean Water Act and the New Jersey Spill Compensation Fund. Later, CERCLA emergency funds were used. By late 1981, the State had spent $4 million on the site and EPA $2.4 million. Ground water in and near the site continues to be contaminated with significant levels of organic compounds and HEAVY METALS.  More...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Lagoon disposal
    • Storage - drums/containers of waste
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater is currently contaminated with VOCS and SVOCs. Heavily contaminated soils within the original waste pit have been excavated, however, residual VOC and SVOC contaminants still remain. Surficial soils are contaminant free. The unnamed stream that flows into Lahaway Creek is contaminated with low levels of METHYLENE CHLORIDE, BENZENE and TOLUENE. Leachate from the pit contained various VOCs; however, drums containing contaminants were removed and there is no longer any leachate from the waste pit. Although surface water is not used as a source of drinking water, it is used for irrigation of food crops. Contaminants may accumulate in the food and pose a health hazard if eaten. The surface water is used for recreational purposes and may be harmful if accidentally swallowed. Wildlife in the area may be affected by the pollutants. People who touch or ingest the contaminated groundwater may suffer adverse health effects.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other
    OCTANE X   

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
    Aquifer discharges into: Surface water
    Population served by water wells in the aquifer: No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for GOOSE FARM:

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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: GOOSE FARM
    EPA ID: NJD980530109
    Address: RT. 539 BETWEEN RTS 537 & 528
    PLUMSTED TWP, NJ 08533
    Other Names: GOOSE FARM
    Site Ownership: Other
    Category of Site: Industrial Waste Treatment
    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: 1
    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

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