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Atlantic Resources
Sayreville, NJ

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EPA added the Atlantic Resources Superfund site in Sayreville, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 5, 2002 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The four and a half acre site near the Raritan River contained a facility which recycled and recovered precious metals by incinerating and smelting waste materials.  Drums containing toxic solvents such as silver cyanide and ethyl acetate were disposed of on-site and toxins have seeped into the soil and groundwater.  Water and soil samples contained PCBs, heavy metals, pesticides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are contaminants that evaporate easily in the air.  Atlantic Resources and Horseshoe Road superfund site are adjacent properties and were originally addressed as the same site.  They are now recognized as separate superfund sites and are addressed in that manner. 

The Atlantic Resources site includes contaminated soils on the property and the contaminated soils of the surrounding wetlands and the Raritan River.  Surface water runoff from the site flows via two drainage-ways to the contaminated marsh to the west of the site.  The marsh flows to the Raritan River, which is a human food chain fishery.   

EPA has removed drums containing hazardous waste to an off-site disposal area.  Ash contaminated with dioxin and metals has been removed.  In April 2001, EPA completed the demolition of buildings and other on-site structures.  Responsible parties, under the direction of EPA are currently designing a remedy to excavate and remove contaminated surface soil and deeper soils that act as source material for ground water contamination.  In 2008, EPA expects to choose a remedy to clean up contaminated sediments in the adjacent marsh and Raritan River.  Under current conditions at this site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.


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