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Lightman Drum Company
Winslow Township, NJ

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Public Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
at 6:30 PM
Municipal Building
125 South Route 73
Braddock, NJ 08073

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Natalie Loney (212) 637-3639
loney.natalie@epa.gov

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EPA added the Lightman Drum Company (LDC) site in Camden County, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on October 22, 1999 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 15 acre site located in Winslow Township contained a company that recycled drums.  LDC stored chemical residues in underground storage tanks, in drums, and trailers.  Drums were emptied in a pit dug at the rear of the property.  An investigation lead by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) found on-site soil contaminated with heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.  Samples taken from the site have showed ground water underlying the site was contaminated with heavy metals, chloride and VOCs.  Within four miles of the site, seven public supply wells and numerous private wells utilize the contaminated aquifer as a source of drinking water.

A ground water investigation began in 2002 and has included a thorough evaluation of the extent of contamination.  Ground water cleanup technology is being set up at the site.  In 2007, contaminated soils associated with a previously removed underground storage tank were removed.  EPA worked with the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to come up with a final draft of a study that would evaluate alternative cleanup procedures.  

In September 2009, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the remedy to address groundwater contamination at the site. In June 2010, EPA issued an Administrative Order to the PRP Group, requiring the engineering design and construction of the groundwater remedy.  Work under the terms of the Administrative Order is underway.

EPA is now issuing a Proposed Plan to address subsurface soil contamination in a specific area at the Lightman Drum Superfund Site. Alternatives have been developed to address subsurface soil contaminated primarily with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), such as the chlorinated hydrocarbons trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE) and, to a lesser extent, nonchlorinated hydrocarbons such as ethylbenzene and xylenes.  EPA’s Preferred Alternative to address subsurface soil contamination is Alternative 2, Soil Vapor Extraction in the affected area.


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