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Superfund Site Report: ASBESTOS DUMP
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed

    Conditions at listing (December 1982): The ASBESTOS Dump covers 12 acres adjacent to the Passaic River in Millington, New Jersey. The ASBESTOS Hill is the result of years of dumping by several ASBESTOS processing companies. In the 1950s, National Gypsum Co. acquired the site. Before closing the plant in 1975, National Gypsum had the dump covered with soil and seeded. The property was later sold to TIFA, Ltd., a manufacturer of pesticide-distributing equipment. At times erosion and weathering have exposed small areas of ASBESTOS along the river bank. National Gypsum has an agreement with TIFA and the State to maintain the dump and stabilize the river bank. Recently, allegations have been made that phenylmercuric acetate had been disposed of in the dump. Status (July 1983): Recently, National Gypsum restabilized the river bank, correcting erosion that took place during heavy spring rains. 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:
    • Manufacturing process
    • Other
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Asbestos is the contaminant of concern at the site. Different levels and types of contaminants have been detected at the different subsites, however, ASBESTOS has been detected at all four subsites. There is a potential health risk to the owners, nearby residents and tourists due to the airborne release of ASBESTOS fibers.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? No data
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for ASBESTOS DUMP:

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

    Overall site:
    Surface water migration:

    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in MORRIS 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
    Site Name: ASBESTOS DUMP
    EPA ID: NJD980654149
    Address: TIFA SQUARE
    MILLINGTON, NJ 07946
    Other Names: NEW VERNON ROAD
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Housing Area/Farm
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: September 08, 1983
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the ASBESTOS DUMP 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
    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 ASBESTOS DUMP Superfund site.
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