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Roebling Steel Co.
Florence, NJ

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EPA added the Roebling Steel Co. site in Florence Township New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1982 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 200-acre superfund site located in Burlington County was once occupied by a former steel and wire products manufacturing plant.  The site contained various facilities that stored insulation products, refurbishing refrigerated trailer and shipping containers, construction equipment storage, and a facility that housed plastic reclamation operations.  Raw materials and waste products that these operations produced were stored or buried in several on-site locations.  The site included 70 buildings, two inactive sludge lagoons, an abandoned landfill, pits, contaminated soils and slag materials, contaminated river and creek sediments, impacted wetlands, and contaminated groundwater.

Buildings on the site contained contaminated process dust and exposed asbestos.  Ground water under the site is contaminated with various heavy metals including chromium, lead, and copper.  Soil all around the site is contaminated with heavy metals such as lead.  River and creek sediments are contaminated with heavy metals and hazardous oils and tars.

EPA is addressing this site in stages.  The plan EPA chose to address this site consists of: the removal and disposal of the contents in underground storage tanks, underground piping, and on-site debris and scrap metals; the disposal of process dust; the decontamination and demolition of designated buildings; the excavation and disposal of contaminated soils, slag, and sediments found in the Delaware River and Crafts Creek; the installation of a storm water management system and shoreline wall; and long-term monitoring and institutional controls of groundwater.  EPA completed the first and second cleanup actions which included: the removal of laboratory containers and drums contained corrosive and toxic materials, acid tanks, and compressed gas cylinders; the demolition of on-site buildings and excavating contaminated soil from portions of the site.  In November 2006, EPA installed a 3,000 foot shoreline wall to stabilize the slag area.  A perimeter fence and security guards are maintained to restrict access to the site.  Under current conditions at the site, ground water migration is under control.   


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