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EPA added the Horseshoe Road site in Sayreville, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 29, 1995 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. The 12 acre Horseshoe Road site located near the Raritan River, New Jersey contained a former chemical processing site that produced coal tar, asbestos, sealants, pesticides, as well as other solvents and potentially harmful chemicals. The adjacent Atlantic Resources site, which was once a part of the Horseshoe Road superfund site and is now addressed as its own site, is located on Horseshoe Road. EPA analyzed on-site groundwater, surface water, soil and sediment and found significant levels of PCBs, heavy metals, pesticides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are contaminants that evaporate easily in the air.
The area around the site includes residential properties, business, commercial, and industrial areas. About 63 residential properties are located within a half mile of the site, and about 14,000 people obtain drinking water from public wells within four miles of the site. Contaminated water drains into a marsh lands to the west of the site, which discharges into the Raritan River, a human food chain fishery.
EPA began its initial cleanup effort by taking extensive air, water and ground samples to assess the extent of the contamination. All corroded drums and hazardous materials have been removed. Materials found in numerous tanks and vats throughout the site have been emptied and disposed of. The demolition of buildings and other on-site structures has been completed. Building materials and other surface debris were disposed off-site. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers will excavate and disposed of contaminated surface soils and deeper soils that act as source material for groundwater contamination off-site. The next cleanup phase will address contaminated sediment in the marsh and river. EPA is working to ensure that potential or actual human exposures are under control.