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Aristech Chemical Corporation

EPA Identification Number: NJD001724988
Facility Location: 1711 West Elizabeth Ave, Linden, New Jersey 07036    Link to the site map
Facility Contact Name: Matthew Cairone, (724) 746-7391
EPA Contact Name: Sameh Abdellatif, (212) 637-4103, abdellatif.sameh@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Karen Lesto, (609) 292-5184, karen.lesto@dep.state.nj.us
Last Updated: June 2009
Environmental Indicator Status

Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 96.09 KB, 24 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 140.00 KB, 24 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

Aristech Chemical Corporation is located on 1711 West Elizabeth Avenue in Linden, New Jersey. The site was used for the manufacture of polyester resins from about 1950 until 1980, when production was reduced. Since 1980, two pilot plants have operated intermittently to produce specialty resins. Pilot plants produce small batches of the product to determine how best to manufacture the product in commercial quantities.

Aristech ceased their limited operations at this site in 1998. Aristech owned one lot and leased three lots for their operations at this site. Only Aristech operated at the site on the leased lots. Aristech has sold its owned lot to another chemical company. The site comprises about 3.25 acres in an area of Linden that is predominately industrial, but there are some commercial and residential properties in the area. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor High Speed Rail Line runs along the eastern edge of the site.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Various organic compounds were detected in the soil at the site, including PCBs, styrene, ethylbenzene and other contaminants. Several parts of the site contributed to its contamination, including the pilot plants, the distillate incinerator, the above-ground storage tanks, and a raw-material storage area. The groundwater at the site is contaminated with benzene and ethylbenzene.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Remediation of the entire site is being done under New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Property Transfer Program. Contaminated soil was excavated and transported off-site for proper disposal. A durable asphalt and concrete cover was installed over all unpaved areas of residual contamination. A remedial program was implemented in the areas of impacted groundwater to stimulate degradation of residual contaminants. The groundwater contamination does not extend off site and it is expected to remain on site. There are no drinking water wells in the area.

PCB-impacted soil is present in off-site areas along the southeastern site boundary on the Amtrak and Conrail property. A plan for the remediation of the off-site property is being developed and will be implemented to complete the remediation at the site. Groundwater sampling at the site is ongoing to monitor contaminant concentrations and assure that the migration of contaminated groundwater is under control.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in the site fact sheet are available for public review at the following location:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste
Records Center
401 E. State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone (609) 777-3373

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) makes available its public records through formal request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).

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