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Jersey Plating Company

Other (Former) Site Name: None

EPA Identification Number: NJD002202885
Facility Location: 214 Birch Street, Boonton,  New Jersey     Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Terry McCue, (973) 402-9410
EPA RCRA Contact: Alan Straus, (212) 637-4160, straus.alan@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Jill McKenzie, (609) 292-1993, jill.mckenzie@dep.state.nj.us

Last Updated: January 2013
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control: No status has been recorded.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

The Jersey Plating Company occupies approximately one-quarter acre at 214 Birch Street, in Boonton, New Jersey. The facility is bordered by Birch and Union Streets, and surrounded by residential, commercial and light-industrial properties. The Rockaway River and Boonton Reservoir are located approximately 0.25 and 0.75 miles from the facility, respectively. The Jersey Plating Company was an electroplating facility where copper, silver, tin, zinc, rhodium, gold and nickel were plated onto aluminum for the electronics industry. The company also did aluminum and zinc coating and aluminum etching. All operations at the facility ended in June 1986.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

An eight-foot round by ten-foot deep cesspool was located approximately 20 feet east of the process building. The cesspool was lined with cinder blocks, and had a concrete cover. This unit received wastewater from the plating, coating and etching processes from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. The wastes contained metals, cyanides, acids and halogenated solvents. Hazardous wastes were also stored and treated in containers and tanks.

Under an New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) permit, contaminated soils were removed from the cesspool and groundwater monitoring wells were installed. There is still groundwater at the site that is contaminated with solvents and metals from the former cesspool.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

EPA was considering issuing a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) corrective action order to Jersey Plating to investigate and remediate groundwater contamination at the site. However, Jersey Plating was not financially viable or willing to perform corrective action work at the site. Back taxes were due on the property and the Town of Boonton was interested in taking over the site for redevelopment into a parking lot.

The Town of Boonton and the Jersey Plating Company property are eligible for financial assistance for assessment and investigation from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund, pursuant to a State Memorandum of Agreement; and the Town of Boonton may also be eligible for additional funding for remediation through the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. EPA referred the site to NJDEP, and the Town of Boonton has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with NJDEP.

Pursuant to the MOA, the Town of Boonton has completed a Preliminary Assessment, Site Investigation, and Remedial Investigation Phase I. Although some soil contamination has been remediated, the groundwater and soil remains contaminated. A Remedial Investigation Phase II is planned to further delineate the soil and groundwater contamination both on-site and off-site to assess the current impacts at the site that may require further investigation or remediation. 

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in the site 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
Phone: (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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