East Brunswick Township, NJ
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EPA added the Fried Industries site in Middlesex County, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on June 1, 1986 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. The superfund site located in East Brunswick contained facilities that manufactured various products including floor finishing products, chemical products, detergent solutions, and adhesives. The site property occupies 26-acres and contains a building complex, a pond, a marsh area, and several separate wetlands areas. Deteriorated drums were found buried at the site. Large number of drums and chemical containers were found in and around the building complex.
Conditions at the site resulted in contamination of the soil and ground water. In 1983, EPA found that hazardous wastes were improperly stored on site and site soil was contaminated with heavy metals, arsenic and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.
As an immediate action, in 1985, EPA pumped approximately 7,000 gallons of process and septic wastes from underground tanks. The Township of East Brunswick provided hookups to the public water supply for homes still using wells in the affected area. In 1989, EPA installed a security fence around the building complex and began to remove drums and laboratory bottled and containers from the site.
To cleanup the entire site, EPA decided to excavated, treat and dispose of arsenic-contaminated surface soil, extract and treat ground water, and demolish on-site buildings. The building complex was demolished in 1998. The soil excavation and treatment was completed in 1999. Due to extensive excavation, the ground water had to be re-sampled and the plan to address the ground water contamination had to be redesigned. Current human exposures at this site are under control.