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White Chemical
Newark, New Jersey

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Site Description

The White Chemical Corporation site is a 4.4-acre, inactive facility that formerly manufactured acid chlorides and flame retardant compounds. The site is located in a heavily populated and industrialized area of Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. White Chemical Corporation operated the facility from 1983 until July 1990 when it ceased most operations. The site consists of several large and small buildings. During an initial investigation of the site, EPA found thousands of drums and other containers, including storage tanks, of hazardous substances improperly stored throughout the site in various stages of deterioration. The drums and other containers were leaking or fuming onto the soil.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • All cleanup activities associated with surface contamination have been completed. These activities included addressing the thousands of drums and other containers found on the site as well as the flushing and decontamination of thousands of linear feet of piping.
  • The demolition and off-site disposal of the buildings and above-ground storage tanks was completed in 2007.
  • Delineation of the contaminated soils for excavation and disposal has been completed while the remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) for the ground water contamination has been initiated.
  • In 2007, EPA initiated soil removal cleanup construction activities

Current Funding Status

  • In FY 2007, EPA obligated $5.8 million for new construction work tied to soil removal.

For more information on this site, please read the White Chemical Fact Sheet on the Region 2 Superfund web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • All cleanup activities associated with surface contamination have been completed.

  • The demolition and off-site disposal of the buildings and above-ground storage tanks was completed in 2007.

  • EPA began construction of the final cleanup action in September 2007.

 

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