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Vineland Chemical Co., Inc
Vineland, NJ

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Cleanup at the Vineland Chemical Superfund Site

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EPA added the Vineland Chemical Co., Inc site in the City of Vineland New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1984 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. The 26-acre superfund site located in Cumberland County contained a facility that manufactured arsenic-based herbicides from 1949-1994. The company stored by-product arsenic salts in open piles, lagoons, and chicken coops. As a result, arsenic has contaminated surface and subsurface soils, ground water, and the nearby Blackwater Branch, Maurice River and Union Lake.

In 1992 and 1993, EPA fenced off the contaminated areas, removed hazardous chemicals stored on the site, and boarded up abandoned buildings. By 2004, EPA demolished all abandoned buildings on-site. To address the arsenic-contaminated soil, EPA constructed a soil washing facility that processed 70 tons of soil per hour. To address contaminated ground water, EPA constructed a system to pump out and treat approximately two million gallons a day of contaminated ground water.

Because of the previous contamination migrating from the site, recreational activities are being monitored in the Maurice River and Union Lake. To address contaminated sediments in the Blackwater Branch and Maurice River, EPA excavated and treated 400,000 tons of sediment from the Blackwater Branch floodplain in the on-site soil washing facility between 2003-2007. After backfilling, the Blackwater Branch stream channel and floodplain will be restored to levels that are protective of public health and the environment. As of March 2012, the last excavated area of the Blackwater Branch has received clean topsoil, with restoration of the wetlands ecosystem to begin in Spring 2012. Previously restored areas of the Blackwater Branch floodplain are in various stages of growth as the newly planted Atlantic White Cedars take root. EPA continues to monitor the water and sediment of the Maurice River, with a three-year monitoring plan to begin in 2012.

     


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