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Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act

Imperial Oil Company/Champion Chemicals

Morganville, New Jersey

Site Description
The 15-acre Imperial Oil Co./Champion Chemicals site is located in a mixed residential and agricultural setting.  Contamination at the site is the result of improper disposal of hazardous materials including waste piles that were the byproduct of spent oil reclamation activities.  The area of contamination includes plant property (15 acres), adjacent wetlands, a stream (Birch Swamp Brook), off-site residential properties and underlying ground water.  The major contaminants of concern are arsenic, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). 

Cleanup Actions to Date
EPA listed the site on the National Priorities List in 1983.  Since that time, site cleanup actions have included the excavation and disposal of 660 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated material and the removal of over 25,000 gallons of PCB-contaminated oil through a floating product extraction and treatment system.  EPA also cleaned up four adjacent residential properties.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection implemented the cleanup of the wetlands, brook sediments and additional residential properties in 2004.  In 2008, EPA completed the demolition of on-site structures including all production, storage and maintenance buildings as well as an above-ground tank farm. 

Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the approximately $33.4million in Recovery Act funds to speed up the cleanup of the remaining contaminated soil components, which are the major source of contamination to the ground water beneath the site. Accelerating the cleanup of the site soils is expected to reduce the overall site cleanup cost and hasten the reuse/redevelopment of the site. Initial activities included pre-excavation sampling to better define the limits of excavation and placement of the slurry wall. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 1Q FY2012.

FY2011 highlights include:

  • Recovery Act funds were 100% expended on the construction project. The project continues using other appropriated funds.

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