Region 2 Superfund
Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.
Woodbrook Road Dump
South Plainfield, NJ
Next CAG Meeting scheduled for March 26, 2014 at the So. Plainfield Senior Center at 7 pm.
Pat Seppi (212) 637-3679
EPA added the Woodbrook Road Dump site to the Superfund National Priorities List on April 30, 2003 due to contamination of the soil and ground water on the 70-acre property. The site is heavily wooded and bordered by Bound Brook and the wetlands of Dismal Swamp. The land was used as a dump in the 1940s and ’50s and accepted household waste as well as industrial waste until it was shut down by the state of New Jersey in 1958. The current owner of the properties is Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation (TETCO).
In September 1999, partially buried, leaking capacitors were discovered and removed. A subsequent investigation revealed high levels of hazardous substances in the soils and sediments. Contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a known carcinogen, high levels of inorganics as well as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The ground water was also found to be contaminated with VOCs, inorganic constituents and PCBs.
As a result of these findings, TETCO instituted emergency cleanup actions. The PCB-contaminated capacitors were removed and warning signs and fencing were placed around the area to prevent the public from coming into contact with contaminated soil. In the spring of 2007, TETCO began the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study for the site. The sampling activities are designed to evaluate the nature and extent of contamination of the onsite soil, sediments of Bound Brook and ground water. At the completion of the study, recommendations regarding the cleanup approach will be made.