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Cornell-Dubilier Electronics
South Plainfield, NJ

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Record of Decision for cleanup of contaminated sediments, floodplain soils and groundwater (Operable Unit 4) [PDF 24 MB, 470 pp]

EPA added the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics site in South Plainfield, New Jersey (Middlesex County) to the Superfund National Priorities List on July 28, 1998 because of harmful chemicals found in soil and ground water. Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc., manufactured electronics parts at the site from 1936 to 1962 and it's alleged that the company dumped PCB-laden materials and other hazardous substances into soil there. Some 8,700 people live within a mile of the site, now known as the Hamilton Industrial Park.

Ground water testing near the site showed significant trichloroethene (TCE) contamination. Soil at the site is contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, inorganic chemicals and PCBs, and fish from a nearby stream, Bound Brook, showed elevated levels of PCBs. This prompted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to issue a fish consumption advisory warning people not to eat fish from Bound Brook and its tributaries.

In 1997, the property owner, under an EPA order, limited access to PCB-contaminated areas and movement of the chemical in Bound Brook and paved part of the industrial park. The next year, EPA began cleaning the interior of homes near the site that contained PCBs in household dust and potentially responsible parties at the site removed PCB-contaminated soil from homes.


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