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Jones Chemicals, Inc.
Caledonia, NY

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EPA added the Jones Chemicals, Inc., site in Caledonia, New York to the Superfund National Priorities List on February 21, 1990 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 10-acre superfund site located in Livington contained a chemical manufacturing plant.  The plant installed aboveground and underground bulk storage tanks on the property to store various chemicals.  Throughout the plant’s operating years, spills occurred during the transfer and repackaging of many of these chemicals.  The New York State Department of Health detected chemicals in three on-site wells.  The soils ground water contains PCE, chloroform and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.

To reduce potential for further contamination, Jones Chemicals, Inc., removed three underground and all aboveground storage tanks containing solvents.  The company installed a ground water treatment unit to remove VOCs and other chemicals from the ground water. 

EPA oversaw a site-wide investigation into the nature and extent of the contamination.  EPA decided to cleanup the site through soil vapor treatment systems, on-site ground water extraction and treatment, chemical treatment of the ground water contaminated hot spots, and natural attenuation.  Soil vapor treatment system is operational.  Ground water extraction and treatment system is operational and results are being monitored.  Current human exposures at this site are under control.  Contaminated ground water migration is under control. 


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