Unimatic Manufacturing Corp
25 Sherwood Lane, Fairfield, Essex County, NJ
Pat Seppi – (212) 637-3679
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed adding the Unimatic Manufacturing Corporation site, a former metals molding facility which operated from 1955 until 2001 at a 1.2 acre property in Fairfield, NJ, to the National Priorities List. Unimatic’s manufacturing process used large quantities of lubricating oils containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which were eventually washed out thru floor trenches to the facility’s leaky wastewater pipes.
The company excavated some contaminated soils, but high PCB concentrations remain in soil and ground water. Unimatic ceased operations in 2001 and the property was subsequently sold in 2002. Frameware, Inc., the current owner of the facility, had used the building to manufacture and distribute picture frames. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) referred the site to the EPA’s emergency response program in May 2012. The EPA conducted air and dust sampling. Short-term protective measures proved to be inadequate and, at the recommendation of the New Jersey Department of Health, the business owner relocated its workers from the facility in July 2013.