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Clean Earth of North New Jersey, Inc.

Other (Former) Names of Site: S & W Waste, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: NJD991291105
Facility Location: 115 Jacobus Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey 07032
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Robert Fixter, (973) 344-4004
EPA Contact: Alan Straus, (212) 637-4160, straus.alan@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Donna Gaffigan, (609) 633-1494, donna.gaffigan@dep.state.nj.us

Last Updated: November 2013
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 299.47 KB, 24 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 262.48 KB, 22 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Clean Earth of North Jersey, Inc. (CENJ) site is located on approximately six acres of land in Kearny, Hudson County, New Jersey. The site has been used for a variety of purposes throughout its operational history, including storage of construction equipment and material and marine salvage operations. Beginning in October 1984, and continuing to date under an active solid and hazardous waste permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the CENJ site has been used for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and transfer operations.   

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Data from environmental investigations identified organic and inorganic contaminants in soil and groundwater. However, based on all available investigation and groundwater monitoring efforts, NJDEP determined that corrective actions were only required to address inorganic contamination in shallow groundwater. 

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The facility is being cleaned up pursuant to an Administrative Order on Consent between NJDEP and CENJ. To minimize migration of contamination to groundwater, CENJ removed and disposed of approximately 231 tons of lead-contaminated historical fill from two on-site locations. A low-permeability asphalt cap was installed across the eastern portion of the site, and an improved surface water drainage system was installed over the area.  

This corrective action strategy was intended primarily to minimize infiltration of rain water and surface water run-on, and thereby reduce leaching of contaminants from on-site soil to underlying groundwater. The asphalt cap also minimizes direct contact risks associated with lead-contaminated historic fill remaining in place. 

A Declaration of Environmental Restrictions (DER) was filed with Hudson County in 1998 and 2009 to limit future use of the property to industrial or commercial activities and prevent disturbance of the asphalt cap and underlying soil. 

All groundwater and soil contamination observed at the CENJ site has been attributed to regional quality issues or historic fill in the area. Accordingly, no further action is necessary at this time to address environmental contamination at the site.

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this fact sheet are available for public review at the following location:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste
Records Center
401 E. State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone: (609) 777-3373

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) makes available its public records through formal request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).

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