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Superfund Site Report: WELSBACH & GENERAL GAS MANTLE (CAMDEN)
 
 
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  • Site Description
    Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway

    Conditions at Proposal (October 1995): The Welsbach & Gener al Gas Mantle site is comprised of two former incandescent gas ma ntle manufacturing facilities and numerous residential properties located in the urban areas of Camden and Gloucester City, New Je rsey. The site was initially identified in 1980 during an archiv e search conducted as part of the investigation of a contaminated radiological site located in northern New Jersey. As a result, an aerial radiological survey of Gloucester, New Jersey and surro unding areas was conducted in May of 1981. The survey encompasse d a 20-square-kilometer area surrounding the former General Gas M antle and Welsbach companies. The survey identified eight separa te areas with elevated radiation levels. These included location s of the former Welsbach plant and General Gas Mantle Corporation and three residential areas. The remaining areas exhibiting ele vated radiation levels were attributed to sites permitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to use and store radioactive materials. After several preliminary screening surveys, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), conducted a compr ehensive investigation in 1991 of five non-NRC permitted areas in the Camden and Gloucester City vicinity to determine the extent of radiological contamination present. Numerous residential prop erties were found to have gamma radiation levels exceeding twice the background level for gamma radiation.  More...
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  • Threats and Contaminants
    Soil contains THORIUM and other radioactive materials. As a result of the radioactive decay of these materials, elevated levels of gamma radiation are present. Residents who are directly exposed to radiation, or inadvertently ingest radioactive particles from the site may suffer adverse health effects.


    Contaminants Detected

      Ground
    Water
    Surface
    Water
    Air Soil Other
    GAMMA RADIATION   X 
    THORIUM   X 


    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 WELSBACH & GENERAL GAS MANTLE (CAMDEN):

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    Rank Superfund sites in the U.S., NEW JERSEY, or in CAMDEN 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: WELSBACH & GENERAL GAS MANTLE (CAMDEN)
    EPA ID: NJD986620995
    Address: ELLIS STREET
    GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ 08030
    Other Names: CAMDEN RADIATION #2 (NJD986633634)
      CAMDEN RADIATION #3 (NJD9866633592)
      CAMDEN RADIATION #4 (NJD986633576)
      CAMDEN RADIATION #5 (NJD986633568)
      CAMDEN RADIATION #6 (NJD986633550)
      CAMDEN RADIATION SITE #1 (NJD986633584)
      CAMDEN RADIATION SITES ADDED 12/91
      WELSBACH & GENERAL GAS MANTLE CONTAMINAT
    Site Ownership: Unknown
    Category of Site: No data
    Date of Final Listing on the NPL: June 17, 1996
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  • Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Involvement
    Number of PRPs currently associated with this site: 0

    List Potentially Responsible Parties identified by U.S. EPA as associated with the WELSBACH & GENERAL GAS MANTLE (CAMDEN) Superfund site.
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