Stage of Clean-up: Remedial Assessment Not Begun
The Woodbrook Road Dump site (Dismal Swamp) is an inactive, non-permitted dumping area located in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The site, which is bisected by Bound Brook, has approximately 34 acres. It is located on two undeveloped properties north of Woodbrook Road. The properties are within wetlands of the Dismal Swamp, a natural wildlife refuge designated as "priority wetlands" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both parcels are currently owned by Texas Eastern Terminal Company (TETCO), a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation. The properties were operated as dumps by previous owners during the 1940s and 1950s, accepting household and industrial wastes until shut down by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in 1958. Investigations at the site have revealed the presence of household refuse, building debris, automotive parts, large quantities of bottles, and leaking electrical capacitors. The leaking capacitors were discovered in September 1999. On September 13, 1999, NJDEP sampled the material inside one capacitor, and recorded greater than 50 parts per million (ppm) of POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYLS (PCBS). NJDEP referred the Dismal Swamp site to the EPA for removal action consideration in October 1999. More...