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Clariant Corporation

Other (Former) Names of Site: Sandoz Chemicals Corporation

EPA Identification Number: NJD001213453
Facility Location: Fairlawn Avenue and Third Street, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410 Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Randolph P. Kullmann, Camp Dresser & McKee, (908) 225-7000
EPA Contact: Wilfredo Palomino, (212) 637-4179, palomino.wilfredo@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Christopher Blake, (609) 292-0494
Last Updated: October 2009
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 258.41 KB,32 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 71.33 KB, 26 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

Clariant Corporation is located on a 13.55-acre on Fairlawn Avenue and Third Street, in the Borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, since 1945. It manufactures several products used by the textile and paper industries, including softeners, brighteners and dyes.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Releases from one underground storage tank resulted in soil and groundwater contamination from volatile organic compounds such as orthodichlorobenzene, 1,2-dichlorobenzene and tetrachloroethene. The primary contaminant is orthodichlorobenzene and related compounds. The groundwater sampling data indicates that contamination may have migrated down to the bedrock.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Clariant has excavated surface soil that exceeds acceptable levels of contamination and shipped it off-site for disposal and covered some surface soil with a geotextile cover to prevent exposure. The corporation has also installed a system that extracts contaminants to clean up subsurface soil. Another system is pumping out contaminated groundwater, treating it, then discharging it to the Passaic River. Current monitoring data indicates that the groundwater extraction system is successfully containing the contamination so that it does not migrate off the site.

The facility has submitted a Remedial Investigation Report to to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that details the results of recent passive diffusion bag sampling of the benthic/surface water of the Passaic River.

Clariant has met the groundwater and human exposure Environmental Indicators. Soil borings were recently completed in the former underground storage tanks and lime pit areas of the site. This data will be used to test the use of chemical oxidation as a remedy and to evaluate remedial progress in these areas.

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

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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