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Diamond Head Oil
Kearny, NJ

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EPA added the Diamond Head Oil site in Kearny, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 5, 2002 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The approximately 15 acre superfund site contained an oil reprocessing facility.  During facility operations, two above-ground storage tanks and underground pits used to store oily wastes and were later discharged directly to neighboring wetlands and an abandoned refinery landfill area.  Sediment and water samples have shown elevated levels of PCBs, pesticides, metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air. 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation acquired the property and removed nine million gallons of oil-contaminated water and six million cubic yards of oily sludge from near by ponds and lakes.  Approximately 7,500 gallons of materials were pumped out of the tanks and disposed of off site.  An estimated 27 million tons of contaminated soil were removed in 1983.

The site is fenced off.  EPA is conducting extensive sampling of the sediment, soil, surface and ground water on and around the site’s current property boundaries.  After sampling has finished, EPA will assess the information and determine the nature and extent of the contamination and will comprise cleanup alternatives for the site which will begin in 2009. 


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