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IBM Corporation - Dayton Facility

Other (Former) Names of Site: Princeton Technology Center

EPA Identification Number: NJD002177210
Facility Location: 431 Ridge Road, Dayton, New Jersey 08810   Link to the site map
Facility Contact Name: Michael Kominek, (703) 257-2586, kominek@us.ibm.com
EPA Contact Name: Sameh Abdellatif, (212) 637-4103, abdellatif.sameh@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Atwood Davis, (609)-777-1398, Atwood.Davis@dep.state.nj.us
Last Updated: May 2011
Environmental Indicator Status:

Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 65.0 KB, 18 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 76.76 KB, 21 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The IBM facility is located at 431 Ridge Road on a 66-acre parcel in a mixed residential and industrial section of Dayton, South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey. IBM's manufacturing plant was constructed in 1956 and used until 1985 for manufacturing of computer tabulation cards, printer ribbons, and other information handling machine products. Although the facility was purchased in the mid-1990s by Hamlin/Shidler Investment Corporation, IBM is still committed to complete remediation efforts.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Chlorinated solvents-including 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), 1,1-dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE)-were used at the facility, especially for punch card and ink operations. Elevated levels of site-related chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected in South Brunswick Township supply well SB-11 in 1977. Investigation of the former IBM property and off-site areas indicated the presence of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) and dissolved-phase contamination in shallow and deep groundwater. This contamination is believed to be associated with leakage from underground storage tanks and transfer lines formerly present at the manufacturing building.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

IBM has done the following;

Groundwater quality has improved with the operation of the groundwater extraction and treatment systems, specifically at well SB-11. IBM will continue to operate the groundwater treatment system and a long-term groundwater monitoring to keep contaminants form migrating further. IBM also submitted a Classification Exception Area proposal to restrict the use of groundwater as long as it remains contaminated.

In addition, IBM is currently investigating the potential for vapor intrusion into indoor air for on and off-site buildings.  Results of the investigation are expected to be submitted during September 2009.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence are available for public review at the following location:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of the Records Custodian
P.O. Box 442
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0442
Phone: 609-341-3121

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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