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Price Landfill
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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EPA added the Price Landfill site in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 26 acre superfund site located in Pleasantville contains an inactive landfill.  While in operation, it accepted industrial chemicals, septic tank and sewage wastes, sludges, greases, and oils.  Some liquid wastes were poured directly into the landfill, while others were buried in 55-gallon drums.  During operations, it is estimated that over nine million gallons of chemical wastes were disposed of at the site.  As a result, the ground water was contaminated.  The drinking water supply for Atlantic City, approximately one mile away, was threatened by the contamination until the relocation of the water supply wells took place.

Ground water on site is contaminated with heavy metals including lead, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.  Ground water contamination may threaten Absecon Creek and other nearby creeks. 

As an immediate action, EPA provided bottled water to affected residences until they were connected to another water system.  A fence was installed around the site to prevent public access to the contamination.  EPA installed a treatment plant and extraction system to prevent the migration of the contaminated groundwater to nearby creeks and to treat contaminated ground water.  EPA continues to monitor the ground water four times a year.  When the cleanup of the site is complete, a landfill cap will be placed over the site.  Under current conditions at the site, ground water migration and human exposures are under control. 


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