Brick Township Landfill
Brick Township, NJ
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EPA added the Brick Township Landfill site in Brick Township, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. Contaminants from the 42 acre landfill seeped into the ground water and eventually migrated in a southeastern direction as far as 3,500 feet from the landfill source area.
After ceasing operations at the site in 1979, Brick Township covered the landfill with two-feet of clean soil. Subsequently, under the direction of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Brick Township removed 55 gallon drums, 10,000 gallon storage tanks and fenced off the landfill.
Ground water sampling in the late 1990s showed elevated levels of heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emanating from the Landfill. Based on these findings, legal restrictions on the use of drinking water wells within a 470-acre area were put in place by the State of New Jersey and the Township of Brick. These restrictions have eliminated the public’s exposure to the site’s contaminated ground water.
Starting in 2000 and ending in 2007, the Brick Township conducted an extensive, multi-year ground water monitoring program. EPA is reviewing data from that program to assess the best means of approaching the final clean up of the site. A decision on how to address the contamination will be explained in a document called a “record of decision.” EPA expects the record of decision to be finalized in 2008.