Universal Aluminum Extrusion Corporation
Other (Former) Names of Site: U.A. Industries, Inc., Universal Aluminum
|EPA Identification Number:||NJD046554655|
|Facility Location:||5 Canale Drive, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey|
|Facility Contact:||James B. McKelvey, (410) 489-4088, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|EPA Contact:||Ellen Stein, (212) 637-4114, email@example.com|
|New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:||Jon Malkin, (609) 584-4157, Jon.Malkin@dep.state.nj.us|
|Last Updated:||June 2007|
|Environmental Indicator Status:||Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 2.32 MB, 32
pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.
The facility is located at 5 Canale Drive in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey. It covers approximately 10 acres in an industrial park and is surrounded by commercial and light industry. The northern half (approximately five acres) of the facility, where the manufacturing operations and related activities occurred, is enclosed by a chain link fence.
The operations ceased in 1988. Waste materials and manufacturing equipment were subsequently removed from the facility. Since 1992, the building has been leased by Tropworld and used for warehouse space.
The site was purchased by the Silver Building Co. in the late 1950's and sold to the Hewit-McKelvey Partnership in 1978. The building on site was constructed between 1967 and 1968 to operate as an aluminum extrusion facility. Aluminum billets as raw material were heated and extruded through dies under pressure. Lineal products from the extrusion processes were subsequently applied with a chromium coat and then with paints. The products were then cut to specified lengths before the shipping to customers. The shipped products were further fabricated to produce consumer products such as residential windows and doors, light fixtures, truck bodies, and electrical and computer equipment.
Potential Threats and Contaminants
Rinse waters and waste materials were generated at the facility from the manufacturing operations. An evaporation tank was utilized to treat rinse waters but was later replaced. Other waste materials were stored at various locations before being shipped off-site for disposal. Various chemical compounds were utilized in the manufacturing operations including chromium, xylene, paints, oils, caustic solutions, and methylene chloride.
Soil and groundwater underneath the facility are impacted primarily from the operation of two areas of concern (Evaporation Tank; and Vault #2) with chromium (total and hexavalent) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Cleanup Approach and Progress
Contaminated soils were excavated and send off-site for disposal as part of the cessation of the facility operations and subsequent remedial investigations/actions. The liquid wastes in the Evaporation Tank and surrounding contaminated soil were reportedly removed and the excavated area was backfilled with clean soil/material to the ground surface. In addition, a soil extraction system combined with an air sparging system was utilized during July through November 1996 to remediate contaminated soils and groundwater near Vault #2. The post-remediation sampling showed that the soil extraction system was effective in removing VOCs in soils but slightly elevated levels of VOCs were still detected in groundwater.
Groundwater data collected in the area of the Evaporation Tank during 1983 through 1984 showed significant levels of chromium (total and hexavalent). The data collected after the closure of the Tank in 1985 through 1987 showed a significant reduction of chromium in groundwater. The groundwater data collected in 1991 through 1992 showed lower levels of hexavalent chromium but still above its Class IIA Groundwater Quality Standard. Groundwater in the area of Vault #2 was contaminated with various chlorinated VOCs.
The results of the groundwater samples collected in 1999 showed tetrachloroethylene at MW5 and MW6 slight above its Class IIA Groundwater Quality Standard of 1 ppb. The results of groundwater samples collected in March 2006 showed tetrachloroethylene and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) at MW9 slightly above their respective Class IIA GWQS of 1 ppb and 500 ppb. However, the groundwater classification at the site is Class I-PL (Protective Area). The Groundwater Quality Standards for Class I-PL is the background water quality or the Practical Quantification Limits.Further investigation is necessary to delineate the extent of groundwater contaminated with chromium and VOCs.
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
Office of the Records Custodian
P.O. Box 442
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0442
The inspection of some of the documents cited in the site fact sheet may require a formal request under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)