Stage of Clean-up: Construction Completed
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Higgins Farm covers 74.5 acres on Route 518 in Franklin Township, a rural area of Somerset County, New Jersey. The property, now used to raise cattle, belongs to the owner of the Higgins Disposal Site, which is also proposed for the NPL at this time. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) initially investigated the farm in December 1985 after the Franklin Township Health Department detected elevated levels of CHLOROBENZENE in a nearby private well. The investigation revealed a buried drum dump on the farm approximately 40 yards from the contaminated well. A partially exposed drum was found to contain CHLORDANE, NAPHTHALENE, and ARSENIC. In April 1986, the farm owner excavated 50 drums, pumped liquids into holding tanks, and placed visibly contaminated soils into containers. In March 1987, EPA initiated the first phase of a CERCLA emergency action at the site, which involved providing bottled water to 29 residents along Route 518. The second phase started in April 1987 and involved stabilizing the drum burial area. More...
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