Superfund Program Implements the Recovery Act
Price LandfillPleasantville and Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
The 26-acre site located in Pleasantville contains an inactive landfill. While in operation, it accepted industrial chemicals, septic tank and sewage wastes, sludge, greases and oils. Some liquid wastes were poured directly into the landfill, while others were buried in 55-gallon drums. During operations, it is estimated that over nine million gallons of chemical wastes were disposed of at the site. As a result of these activities, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals contaminate the ground water. Land use in the immediate area consists of residential properties, small business properties, sand and gravel excavations, and undeveloped rural lots. In addition to ground water, soil and fill material present at the landfill are also contaminated.
Cleanup Activities to Date
EPA added the site to the National Priorities List in 1983. The cleanup of the site is being addressed through immediate actions to eliminate exposure to contaminated ground water, and long-term cleanup actions to control the source of contamination and to restore ground water quality. In 1980, drinking water from tank trucks was provided to residents threatened by site-related ground water contamination. Thirty-seven residences were subsequently connected to the New Jersey Water Company system. The site threatened the Atlantic City drinking water supply until relocation of the water supply wells was completed in 1985. In 2000, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) constructed a pilot-scale ground water remediation system on the site property. NJDEP continues to operate this system.
Recovery Act Project Activity
EPA will use the $16.3 million in Recovery Act funds for construction and operation of a ground water extraction and treatment system near the site property. This system will control further migration of ground water contamination. After implementation of the source control action, which includes capping of the landfill, a ground water remedy will be put into place to address the down-gradient portion of the ground water contaminant plume. The goal of this remedy is aquifer restoration. Speeding up the implementation of the source control action will reduce the cost associated with restoring the aquifer.
FY2011 highlights include:
- Recovery Act funds were 100% expended on the construction project. The project continues using other appropriated funds.
To find out more about:
- This Superfund site, go to, http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/pricelandfill/;
- The Recovery Act and:
- Superfund, go to: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/eparecovery/index.html;
- EPA, go to: http://www.epa.gov/recovery; and
- The United States, go to: http://www.recovery.gov.