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Chevron Chemical Company

EPA Identification Number: NJD002171593
Facility Location: 800 Metuchen Road, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080  
Facility Contact Name: C.A. (Curt) Peck, (925) 842-3561
EPA Contact Name: Ernst Jabouin, (212) 637-4104, jabouin.ernst@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Sharon Bruder, (609) 633-1449
Last Updated: June 2009
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 139.50 KB, 25 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 68.02 KB, 24 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Chevron Chemical Co. occupies approximately 19 acres in an industrial area of South Plainfield, New Jersey. The facility is bordered on the east by Conrail Property (railroad) and the Hummel Chemical Co.; on the south by a tributary of Bound Brook and a marsh area; and on the west by Metuchen Road.

The Chevron Chemical Co. began operating at this property in 1952 for the formulation and packaging of agricultural chemical products. The formulation and packaging operations ceased in 1985, but distribution warehousing continued until 1990.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Soils in several areas at the facility were contaminated with organic compounds (such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene), pesticides and metals. Soils at properties near the Chevron site and groundwater are also contaminated with these chemicals.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Chevron has excavated some of the contaminated soils from the site and sent them off-site for proper disposal. They are continuing their investigation of the on- and off-site contamination. They installed a system in 1994 to pump the contaminated groundwater and to treat it. However, its operation was suspended in December 1999 for upgrade work following a control system failure. The system has not yet been placed back on line. Chevron continues to investigate groundwater contamination on- and off-site. Other treatment options are currently being evaluated.

After Chevron completes its investigation of the contaminated on- and off-site soils, they will be addressed, as appropriate. Remedial measures will be considered based on the results of investigation. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) can impose a deed notice that restricts future uses of the property to only light industrial uses in order to protect people from any residual contamination.

Groundwater is currently being monitored on a semi-annual basis and it has been determined that contaminants seem to be contained within the site with no significant off-site migration.  After Chevron completes its investigation of the contaminated groundwater, NJDEP will take steps to restrict the use of the groundwater as long as it remains contaminated, so that it cannot be used as drinking water.

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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