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Jones Industrial Services (JIS) Landfill
South Brunswick, NJ

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EPA added the Jones Industrial Services (JIS) Landfill site in South Brunswick, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 24-acre superfund site, located in Middlesex County, is a former landfill that accepted chemical, municipal and industrial wastes, including broken battery casings, paint sludge, solvents and pesticides.  The landfill accepted approximately 50,000 cubic yards of waste annually until it ceased operations in 1980.  By 1985, JIS covered the entire site with a cap.  Ground water on-site is contaminated with metals, pesticide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.  The ground water contamination, flowing towards Manalapan Brook, extends for roughly a mile and a half. 

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) took air, soil and ground water samples in 1986 to determine the nature and extent of the contamination.  As an immediate action, EPA provided bottles of water to the business and residents of the affected homes.  EPA provided water main hookups at properties with contaminated wells. 

  In 1995, an investigation into the long term cleanup began.  EPA decided on a remedy that consisted of extraction and on-site treatment of contaminated ground water, installation of a hazardous waste cap, and the arrangement of an alternative water supply to residents with contaminated drinking water wells.  The new cap was installed in 2001.  An additional ground water investigation took place in 2005.  The design for the ground water pump and treat systems is complete.  EPA and DEP are evaluating an innovative biosparging approach, which consists of using natural organisms to clean up the site.


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