NPL Site Narrative for NL Industries
Pedricktown, New Jersey
Federal Register Notice: September 08, 1983
Conditions at listing (December 1982): The NL Industries landfill covers 14 acres in a rural area in Pedricktown, Salem County, New Jersey. The company recovers lead from spent automotive batteries and separates the plastic from the rubber casings. After the rubber and plastic are separated, the plastic is reprocessed and the rubber is placed in the landfill, which is lined but not capped.
As a result of improper storage of batteries on the site and other factors relating to their processing, ground water, surface water, and soils are extensively contaminated with various heavy metals. Also on-site is a marsh area (which is heavily contaminated with lead) and Oldmans Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River.
Status (July 1983): The State is pursuing cleanup through enforcement action.
For more information about the hazardous substances identified in this narrative summary, including general information regarding the effects of exposure to these substances on human health, please see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ToxFAQs. ATSDR ToxFAQs can be found on the Internet at ATSDR - ToxFAQs (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/index.asp) or by telephone at 1-888-42-ATSDR or 1-888-422-8737.