Stage of Clean-up: Design Underway
Conditions at listing (December 1982): The Rockaway Borough Well Field is in Rockaway Township, Morris County, New Jersey. Three wells in the field are contaminated with volatile organics, including TRICHLOROETHYLENE and TETRACHLOROETHYLENE, from an unknown source. The aquifer the wells tap is the sole source of drinking water for 10,000 people. The contaminated wells are close to the Rockaway River. In February 1981, Rockaway Borough installed carbon filtration systems at the three contaminated wells at a cost of $700,000. Status (July 1983): EPA is preparing a Remedial Action Master Plan outlining the investigations needed to determine the full extent of cleanup required at the site. It will guide further actions at the site.
Sources of Contamination:
- Discharge to sewer/surface water
- Dumping - unauthorized
- Manufacturing process
- Storage - drums/containers of waste
- Waste tank - below ground