Martin Aaron, Inc.
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Sophia Kelley – (212) 637-3670
The 2.5-acre Martin Aaron, Inc. site is located at 1542 South Broadway in a mixed residential and industrial section of Camden, New Jersey. The site was used as a tannery beginning in the late 19th century and leather and wool production continued until 1968 when the property was sold to Martin Aaron. Various companies, including Martin Aaron, Inc., recycled chemical waste containers (drums) at the site for approximately 30 years, ending in 1998. Drum contents were drained from tanks and floor drains into skimming basins where the waste was treated. However, it is suspected that leaks and spills occurred.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took measures to address waste, drums, and storage tanks in 1985 and began an investigation in 1997. The NJDEP testing of surface and subsurface soils found extensive contamination, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) metals (e.g., arsenic, cadmium mercury, lead) and PCBs. Monitoring wells installed on the property showed that ground water is contaminated with VOCs and metals. The City of Camden demolished the former Martin Aaron building in 1998 and the other buildings on site have been removed. The site was placed on EPA’s National Priorities List in 1999, and EPA became the lead agency for the site’s cleanup in 2000.
By removing drums, process equipment, tanks and soil from the site, and maintaining fencing around the remaining soil contamination, EPA and the state have stabilized the site until the cleanup is completed. EPA’s cleanup plan includes excavating contaminated soil, treating the soil if necessary, and disposing the excavated soil off site. Any remaining soil contamination will be capped and future uses of the site will be restricted. Ground water will be addressed by extracting it from the ground, treating it and then discharging the treated ground water into the sewer system.