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Lanxess Sybron Chemicals, Inc.

Other (Former) Facility Name: Sybron Chemicals, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: NJD002339406
Facility Location: 200 Birmingham Road, Birmingham, New Jersey 08011
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Michael Vancil, (412) 809-3590, michael.vancil@lanxess.com
EPA Contact: Ernst Jabouin, (212) 637-4104, jabouin.ernst@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Stephen Myers, (609) 633-1392, stephen.myers@dep.state.nj.us
Last Updated: June 2009
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 89.84 KB, 29 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 85.75 KB, 29 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Lanxess Sybron Chemicals, Inc. plant is located on Birmingham Road in Birmingham, in a semi-rural area of northwest Burlington County, New Jersey. The North Branch of Rancocas Creek flows through the middle of the property, with Sybron's wastewater treatment plant, offices and former open-pit mine on the northern bank and the production facilities on the southern bank. Land use in the vicinity of the site is primarily agricultural intermingled with a small amount of development.

The Lanxess Sybron plant has been in operation since the early 1900s. Lanxess Sybron produces ion-exchange resins for water treatment, emulsion polymers and formulated products for use in textile finishing, acrylic polymers for dental prostheses, toner polymers and floor waxes, and other specialty organic chemicals. Lanxess Sybron is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer Corporation, and Bayer is responsible for environmental cleanup at the site.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Contamination at the site resulted from chemical releases from various lagoons, tanks, storage areas, and dumping areas. Groundwater is contaminated with organic chemicals, including 1,2-dichloropropane and other lower concentration contaminants. Groundwater discharges to the adjacent surface water body, the North Branch of Rancocas Creek.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The property is being cleaned up under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Property Transfer Program. Thirty-five areas of concern were identified during investigations at the site. Twenty-eight areas of concern received no further action approval from NJDEP due to either:

The remaining areas of concern are being investigated or remediated by Lanxess Sybron and/or awaiting no further action approval from NJDEP. A comprehensive groundwater and surface water monitoring program is being developed and implemented for the site.

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
E-mail: records.custodian@dep.state.nj.us

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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