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Methode Electronics Incorporated

Other (Former) Names of Site: None

EPA Identification Number: NJD048608897
Facility Location: 10 Industrial Drive, Willingboro Township, New Jersey 08046 Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Matthew Gordon, (215)367-2531, Matthew_Gordon@URSCorp.com
EPA Contact: Alan Straus, (212) 637-4160, straus.alan@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Erica Bergman, (609) 292-7406, erica.bergman@dep.state.nj.us
Last Updated: february 2014
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 78.63 KB, 21 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

The former Methode Electronics facility is a 3.06 acre site located at; 10 Industrial Drive, Willingboro Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, approximately two miles east of the Delaware River, one-half mile southeast of route 130, and one-half mile north of Rancocas Creek. Land in the vicinity of the site (within 1.5 mile) consists of a mixture of industrial, commercial, and residential properties.

The Methode facility manufactured printed wiring board from its construction in 1970 until it ceased operation in 1999.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), were first discovered in groundwater at the site in 1988. VOCs and inorganic contaminants, including arsenic, copper, lead and nickel, were identified in the soil. VOCs have since been detected in the shallow groundwater throughout much of the site and in deeper groundwater, as well as in off-site locations. 

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The property is being cleaned up under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Site Remediation Program through a voluntary cleanup agreement between NJDEP and Methode.  Since the initiation of remedial actions in 1991, cleanup work has included dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) recovery, air sparging and soil vapor extraction, groundwater recovery and treatment, soil removal and capping in-situ treatment to promote reductive dechlorination, and installation of a vapor mitigation system for off-site migration of TCE.

An expanded groundwater hydraulic containment system was constructed, including several additional pumping wells, to prevent future migration of VOCs beyond the Methode property boundary.  Additional investigation was conducted and remediation is planned to address soils that were identified as sources of groundwater contamination. Additional investigation still needs to be conducted to determine and monitor the extent of groundwater contamination and whether surface water downgradient of the site is a potential receptor for the VOC migration. 

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

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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