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Superfund Site Report: HIGGINS FARM
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  • Site Description
    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...

    Sources of Contamination:
    • Dumping - unauthorized
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Groundwater in private and monitoring wells is contaminated with VOCS, semi-VOCs and metals. Possible health threats include being exposed to contaminants through ingestion and direct contact with contaminated groundwater.

    Contaminants Detected

    Air Soil Other

    Groundwater and Drinking Water

    Were drinking water wells shut down due to contamination? Yes
    Population served by the wells now shut down: 25 - 100
    Are drinking water wells potentially threatened? Yes
    Population served by the threatened wells: No data
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  • Pre-Cleanup Rankings
    EPA Hazard Ranking System scores for HIGGINS FARM:

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    Surface water migration:
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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: HIGGINS FARM
    EPA ID: NJD981490261
    Address: ROUTE 518
    Other Names: ROUTE 518
    Site Ownership: Private
    Category of Site: Housing Area/Farm
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: March 31, 1989
    List Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) associated with current and past activities at the HIGGINS FARM Superfund site.
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 21
    Hazardous waste received from off-site generators/transporters? Yes
    Number of owners/operators which are also municipalities: 0
    Percent of waste at the site that is municipal solid waste: 1 - 10%

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