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Evor Phillips Leasing
Old Bridge Township, NJ

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EPA added the Evor Phillips Leasing site in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The six-acre Superfund site located in Middlesex County contained a facility used for various waste-treatment, hauling, and disposal businesses.  The site also contained furnaces used for the incineration of photographic film and printed circuit boards.  Acidic waste waters flowed through the soil, ground water, and surface water from an unlined area.  Approximately 150 drums containing chemicals were found buried at the site.

Ground water was contaminated with heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  VOCs are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.  Soil was contaminated with VOCs and a plastic by-product called phthalate.  Monitoring-well samples for ground water exceeded state and federal water-quality standards for VOCs.  EPA selected a cleanup in 1992 that included the removal and disposal of drums and cleanup of the ground water.  Contaminated drums and soils were excavated and removed in 1997.

EPA put up a containment structure in 1998 within which potentially-dangerous drums and containers were dug up and removed from the site.  Soil samples were taken following the removal action.  All wastes dug up by cleanup activities to date have been successfully disposed of off-site.  In 1999, the potentially responsible parties completed contaminated soil and ground water investigations and subsequently developed cleanup alternatives for the soil and ground water.  A ground water treatment plant was constructed at the site and began treating ground water by late 1999.  It is anticipated that EPA will select a soil cleanup plan in 2008.  Efforts to select an off-site ground water cleanup plan remain ongoing.


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