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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Roebling Steel Company

Florence Township, New Jersey

Site Description
The Roebling Steel Co. site is an inactive steel production facility that was used from 1906 until 1982.  Steel production resulted in the generation of significant quantities of waste materials that were disposed of on-site and discharged to Crafts Creek and the Delaware River.  Contaminants of concern are inorganics and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  Residential areas of the Village of Roebling border the site, which is zoned for general manufacturing.  Contaminated media include on-site buildings, site-wide surface and subsurface soils, river and creek sediments, and sporadic areas of ground water.  The Village of Roebling and Florence Township obtain their potable water from public supply wells located about two miles west of the site.

Cleanup Activities to Date
Since adding to the National Priorities List in 1983, EPA has completed several cleanup actions: the removal of laboratory containers and drums containing corrosive and toxic materials, acid tanks, and compressed gas cylinders; the demolition of 48 on-site buildings, excavation of contaminated soil from portions of the site; and installation of a 3,000-foot shoreline wall to stabilize the slag area.  EPA also has cleaned 70 buildings and sources of contamination, including removal of underground chemical lines and seven storm sewer piping and discharge outfalls in the Delaware River and Crafts Creek.  In addition, five acres of soil have been capped  and the New Jersey Transit River Line Roebling Station stop has been constructed.

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the $27 million in Recovery Act funds to remove approximately 242,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the Back Channel Delaware River and Crafts Creek. The sediments are contaminated with varying degrees of metals, including, lead, copper and zinc, and PAHs. The project will include the following activities: dredging and dewatering contaminated sediments, placement of sediments in the slag area, stabilization of Back Channel shoreline, and wetland restoration of impacted areas. EPA expects that cleanup of the contaminated sediments will speed up the overall site cleanup, which may increase reuse and redevelopment potential.

Project construction work using Recovery Act funds was complete in 4Q FY2010.

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