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Cycle Chem Incorporated

Other (Former) Names of Site: Perk Chemicals Company

EPA Identification Number: NJD002200046
Facility Location: 217 South First Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07206
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: James Butler, Regulatory Compliance Officer, (908) 355-5800
EPA Contact: John Brogard, (212) 637-4162, brogard.john@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Steve Urbanik, (609) 984-7909
Last Updated: March 2005
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

Cycle Chem is located at 217 South First Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Cycle Chem recovers spent solvents and treats both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in containers and tanks. The site comprises two acres in an industrial area, surrounded by several other industrial sites. Cycle Chem purchased the property in 1985 from the Perk Chemicals Company. Cycle Chem accepts commercially generated, as well as, on-site generated hazardous waste for storage, treatment and transfer.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

The primary threat at the site is from volatile organic chemicals in groundwater, including benzene, trichloroethene and tetrachloroethene. There is soil and groundwater contamination as a result of activity in the storage tank area. Three above-ground tanks (which were used to store chlorinated solvents) were emptied of residual waste, then decontaminated and removed by the Perk Company. However, there is also groundwater contamination coming onto the site from a higher site, which suggests that it was caused not only from past operations, but also from some off-site source.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The surface-soil contamination at the above-ground tank area was removed. A site-wide investigation is being conducted to determine the extent of the contamination and Cycle Chem's contribution to the groundwater contamination. This investigation has already identified the major areas of groundwater and soil contamination.

The investigation to characterize the site's hydrogeology and sources of groundwater contamination needs to be completed. Completion of the investigation will provide the data needed to determine the final remedy. A long-term groundwater monitoring system will be designed and implemented to determine if groundwater contamination is spreading. The land use and groundwater use at the site and surrounding area will be restricted where contamination exceeds residential standards.

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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