Troy Chemical Corp
Sophia Kelley – (212) 637-3670
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed adding Troy Chemical Corp to the National Priorities List (NPL) of the country’s most hazardous waste sites due to the presence of contamination in Pierson’s Creek in Newark, NJ. The creek originates just south of the Troy facility and discharges into Newark Bay approximately one and a half miles from the facility. Troy Chemical Corp is an active facility that has manufactured chemicals at the site since 1956. The facility allegedly discharged approximately 7,000 gallons per week of untreated mercury-containing wastewater to Pierson’s Creek prior to 1965. After 1965, the wastewater was treated before discharging to the creek. However, sediment in the creek still contain elevated levels of mercury as well as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other pollutants. Elevated levels of mercury within Newark Bay may be partly associated with Troy’s discharges.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection inspected the facility and has been in discussions with the company to address the contamination at the site since the early 1990s, but a comprehensive cleanup plan has not been implemented.
In 2011, the EPA received a letter of support for placing this site on the NPL from the State of New Jersey.