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EPA Makes $104 Million Available For Hazardous Waste Cleanup Work This Year At 15 Federal Superfund Sites in New Jersey

Release Date: 11/06/1997
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(#97150) NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it is providing a total of $104 million from Fiscal Year 1997 funds for both new and on-going long-term hazardous waste cleanups at 15 federal Superfund sites in New Jersey.

"The funding allocated for remedial actions in New Jersey represents 25% of all the Superfund money that was available in the last fiscal year for site cleanups nationwide," said EPA Regional Administrator Jeanne M. Fox. "EPA Region 2 secured this high level of funding because we had done the work to prepare more of our sites for long-term cleanups." EPA Region 2 is headquartered in New York City and covers New Jersey, New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Roughly $37.6 million will be used to begin new phases of cleanup at six sites and $66.8 million will finance on-going work at 11 sites in the state. Two sites were tabbed for both new work and funding for on-going actions. The Asbestos Dump Superfund site in Millington received $3.5 million for new cleanup work and $2.5 million to continue ongoing cleanup activities at residential properties affected by the contamination. At the U.S. Radium Superfund site in Orange, EPA committed approximately $10 million for the new cleanup of the plant site itself and $16 million for the ongoing cleanup of residential properties and temporary relocations of affected families. EPA made $1.5 million available for the demolition of the buildings at the Fried Industries site in East Brunswick, scheduled to begin later this month; and $2.5 million to pay for the cleanup of contaminated soils on the site after the building demolition and off-site disposal of the debris is completed in the spring.

What follows is a breakdown of how the rest of the recently available funds will be spent: At the Industrial Latex Superfund site in Wallington Township, $15 million was earmarked for the cleanup of extensive soil contamination on the site starting this spring.

One million dollars has been budgeted to begin the process of permanent relocation of the families displaced by mercury contamination at the Grand Street Superfund site in Hoboken.

More than $12 million was provided to finance the installation of a groundwater pump and treatment system at the Vineland Chemical Superfund site in Vineland.

EPA committed $1 million for the operation and maintenance of the existing groundwater cleanup system at the Bog Creek Superfund site in Howell Township.

In Kingwood Township, $7.7 million was made available to continue the cleanup of contaminated soils on the DeRewal Superfund site where, just last week, two buildings on the site were successfully demolished.

Funds totaling $4.5 million were made available to continue soil and groundwater cleanup work at the Garden State Cleaners and South Jersey Clothing Superfund sites in Buena Borough, Minotola.

Funding for on-going soil cleanup and temporary relocations of affected residents at the Glen Ridge and Montclair Superfund sites was increased by $12 million and $8 million respectively.

In Marlboro Township, $1.7 million was provided for the soil cleanup of off-site areas contaminated with hazardous waste from the Imperial Oil Superfund site.

EPA made $1.3 million available for long-term operation and maintenance of the existing groundwater cleanup system and monitoring at the Lang Property in PembertonTownship.


For more information contact:
Richard Cahill, Press Office
EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
NY, NY 10007-1866
Voice: 212-637-3666 FAX: 212-637-5046 E-Mail: cahill.richard@epamail.epa.gov