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Natalie Loney (212) 637- 3639
The Reich Farm Superfund Site is located in Dover, New Jersey. The nearest resident is about 500 feet from the site. Ground water near the site is a major source of drinking water for Dover and the surrounding area.
The three-acre Reich Farm property was leased in the 1970s to an independent waste hauler. In 1971, the waste hauler disposed of drums containing organic solvents and residues from the manufacturing of organic chemicals, plastics, and resins. In 1972, soon after the waste disposal was discovered, drums, trench waste, and contaminated soil were removed from the site by Union Carbide, a potentially responsible party (PRP). Nevertheless, as a result of the improper disposal of the hazardous substances, soil in certain areas on the Reich Farm property was contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air. The contaminated soil subsequently contaminated the ground water with organic compounds above applicable federal and State standards. In response, NJDEP closed private wells in the area and put in place zoning ordinances to prevent private use of the groundwater in the area.
EPA added the Site to the National Priorities List in 1983 and selected a cleanup for the Site in 1988. The selected remedy included digging up and treating contaminated soils, as well as pumping and treating contaminated water. Union Carbide, under EPA oversight, completed the soil cleanup in 1995. EPA revised the ground water decision in 1995 to allow the continued use of the local water company’s treatment system to remove ground water contamination.
In 1997, previously unknown, semi-volatile compounds associated with Reich Farm were identified in the treated ground water. In response, additional treatment was added to the system to remove the semi-volatile contaminants. The treated water is not currently used as a source of drinking water; it is discharged to waste. Under current conditions at this Site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.