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Goose Farm
Plumsted Township, NJ

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EPA added the Goose Farm site in Plumsted Township, New Jersey, to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 6.6 acre Superfund site located in Ocean County contained a facility that manufactured rubber and fuel used to propel rockets.  Laboratory waste chemicals, bulk liquids and drums were dumped into a waste pit. Soil and ground water is contaminated with semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air.  Soil was also contaminated with PCBs.  Contaminants from the pit entered the ground water, migrating toward a nearby stream.  A stream on-site flows to a tributary creek of the Delaware River which is used for recreational activities.

As an immediate action, approximately 5, 000 containers of waste, as well as an estimated 9,000 gallons of bulk liquids were removed from the waste pit.  In addition, drums filled with PCB waste, contaminated soil and containers holding bulked liquids were removed from the site.  A fence was built around Goose Farm to prevent public access to the site. 

In September 1985, EPA decided to address the ground water and soil contaminations by installing a ground water extraction and treatment system and soil flushing to remove contaminants from the soil.  Rohm and Haas Company were identified as potentially responsible parties (PRP) for the contamination found at the site.  The PRP constructed a wall around the contaminated ground water area to prevent its migration off the site and constructed the ground water extraction and treatment system.  The ground water extraction and treatment system was completed in 1993. 

EPA continues the oversight of all cleanup activities.  As of February 2007, EPA treated 300 million gallons of contaminated water at the site and 91 soil samples were taken in 30 locations around the site.  Six new wells were installed in 2003 to sample ground water.  Though the level of soil contamination is low, the ground water treatment system will operate until the ground water meets safe drinking water standards.  Under current conditions at this site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.


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