Stage of Clean-up: Study Underway
Conditions at Proposal (April 23, 1999): The Emmell's Septi c Landfill (Emmell's) site is an inactive site located on 38 acre s in a rural residential area of Galloway Township, Atlantic Coun ty, New Jersey. It is bordered by Zurich Avenue to the north and woodlands to the south, east and west. The site is occupied by a vacant, fire-damaged, one story building and a garage. From 19 67 to 1979, the site was operated as a septic and sewage sludge w aste disposal facility. An April 1975 solid waste facility permi t issued to Emmell's indicated that the site was to be used for the land application of septic and sewage sludge wastes. Violatio ns of the permit noted that septic and sewage sludge wastes were being disposed of in trenches and lagoons. In addition to the pe rmitted waste disposal operation, inspections at the site by offi cials from the State of New Jersey noted the presence of househol d garbage, tire piles, paint sludges, gas cylinders and construct ion/industrial wastes on the site. From 1984 to 1988, ground water samples were collected from private residential drinking water supply wells in the vicinity of the site. Samples collected indicated the presence of organic hazardous substances. Based on the testing results, the Atlantic County Health Department recommended that the wells be closed. Subsequently, the contaminated drinking water wells were closed and deeper water supply replacement wells were drilled. More...