The Roebling Steel Company site, a 200 acre site located next to the Delaware River in Florence Township, NJ, manufactured steel wire and cable until it closed in the 1980's. In the later years, certain portions of the site were used for housing polymer reclamation operations, storing insulating products, refurbishing refrigerated trailers and shipping containers, and construction equipment storage. The raw materials and waste products that these operations produced were stored or buried in several on-site locations, contaminating river and creek sediments, groundwater, and soil contaminated with various heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, nickel, zinc, and copper. Seventy buildings, connected by a series of paved and unpaved roads, contained contaminated process dust and exposed asbestos.
Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date
- In September 1991 and in October 1994, EPA removed transformers contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, baghouse dust and chemical piles, drums and tanks, tires, and contaminated soils from two adjacent playgrounds.
- In September 2003, EPA published its plan to address contaminated slag material, the Delaware River and Crafts Creek sediments, and groundwater.
- By fall 2005, EPA will have completed the design of various cleanup activities for the 34-acre Slag Area. The activities include installing a soil cap (PDF) (526 K, 2 pp) with vegetation, a storm water management system, and stabilizing the shoreline.
- EPA demolished more than 44 buildings; removed and secured in an off-site facility contaminated process dust, liquid and solid wastes from the equipment, aboveground and underground tanks, pits, sumps, and underground oil and chemical lines.
- In the winter of 2004, EPA began to clean up and rehabilitate the historic Main Gate House, allowing for the future reuse of the site. When work is completed, the community plans to reuse part of the site as a local museum to facilitate public outreach and education.
Current Funding Status
- In Fiscal Year 2004, approximately $4 million in funding was provided for the remediation and historic rehabilitation of the Main Gate House, Ambulance Garage buildings, and the soils surrounding them. However, work associated with cleanup for the 34-acre Slag Area, site-wide contaminated soils, Delaware River and Crafts Creek sediments and contaminated groundwater was not funded in Fiscal Year 2004.
- The EPA has determined that the site does not pose an immediate threat to human health, and will continue to monitor this site for any changes that may trigger additional action. The EPA will consider funding new work at this site in Fiscal Year 2005.
For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Roebling Steel Co. Fact Sheet on the Region 2 Superfund Web site.
- In Fiscal Year 2004, approximately $4 million in funding was provided for the remediation and historic rehabilitation of the Main Gate House and Ambulance Garage buildings.
- In the winter of 2004, EPA began to clean up and rehabilitate the historic Main Gate House, allowing for the future reuse of the site.
- EPA demolished more than 44 buildings and removed contaminated material to secure, off-site facilities.