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Givaudan Corporation

EPA Identification Number: NJD002156354
Facility Location: 125 Delawanna Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07014 Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Richard Wroblewski, 973- 448-6339,
richard.wroblewski@givaudan.com
EPA Contact: Sameh Abdellatif, (212) 637-4103 abdellatif.sameh@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Lynn Vogel, PG, CHMM
609-984-5311, lynn.vogel@dep.state.nj.us
Last Updated: June 2009
Environmental Indicator Status:

Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 271.1 KB, 20 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

The former Givaudan Roure Corporation (Givaudan) site is situated on approximately 31 acres in a mixed industrial/residential area of Clifton, Passaic County, New Jersey. The Passaic River is located approximately 0.3 miles to the southeast of the site and is tidally influenced at this location. 

Givaudan manufactured flavors, fragrances, and specialty chemicals such as pharmaceutical intermediates and pesticides.  Givaudan ceased operation of the facility in July 1998 and currently, the property is occupied by three warehouse buildings in active use that are owned and operated by the Morris Companies.  Despite the change in site ownership, Givaudan retains responsibility for ongoing groundwater remedial action and monitoring at the former Givaudan site

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Groundwater and soil investigation identified chemical compounds in concentrations above state standards, including 1,2-dichloroethane (DCA), tetrachchloroethene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE), 1,1-DCE, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), bromodichloroethene, benzene, chlorobenzene, vinyl chloride, and xylene.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Following the closing of the facility at the end of July 1998, the Givaudan infrastructure was razed and the property was redeveloped into commercial/industrial warehousing facilities.  Specific activities included the decommissioning of three sewer systems (chemical, sanitary, and storm sewers) and removal of the soil associated with the sewer system.  The selected remedy for soils incorporated the installation of a low-permeability asphalt cover over the majority of the site property, construction of warehouses, installation of a fence around the perimeter of the site, and recording of a deed notice to restrict future uses of the property. 

An indoor air quality monitoring program is already in place for the warehouse buildings located on site.  Although monthly soil gas samples are taken from several locations and indoor air sampling was also conducted, NJDEP requested Givaudan to install new shallow monitoring wells to further evaluate the Vapor Intrusion (VI) pathway for Buildings Nos.1, 3 and 102. Givaudan will continue evaluating the VI impacts to determine whether a mitigation plan is required.

Givaudan also continues to investigate groundwater contamination on and off-site.  Additional monitoring wells will be installed as requested by NJDEP to further delineate the vertical and horizontal extent of groundwater contamination.  Data from the quarterly groundwater monitoring will be used to evaluate the final remedy for groundwater, to help define the groundwater Classification Exception Area (CEA) and to establish a long term monitoring program.

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this fact sheet are available for public review at:

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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