Electronics, Inc., NJ
Site History: Chronic releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and
other hazardous substances began as early as 1936.
Location: The Cornell-Dubilier
Site is located in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
The site includes a 26-acre parcel, formerly used for manufacturing,
as well as the Bound Brook and portions of its associated wetlands
Site Status: Remedial Action at Facility; Remedial Investigations for
contaminated groundwater and for the Bound Brook Corridor.
Overview: Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc., manufactured electronic
parts and components, including capacitors, from 1936 to 1962 and tested
transformer oils for an unknown period of time on a 26-acre property. An
unnamed stream traverses the southeast corner of the property and then flows
northwest approximately half a mile to Bound Brook. Bound Brook discharges to
the lower Raritan River approximately six miles downstream. From the confluence
with Bound Brook, the Raritan River flows approximately 12 miles southeast to
discharge into Raritan Bay. The contaminants of most concern to NOAA at the
site are PCBs and metals although elevated concentrations of polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), DDT, dioxins, and furans have also been found.
The site was placed on the National Priorities List in July 1998. The Remedial
Investigation/Feasibility Studay was initiated in 2000. EPA's investigations
have included sampling on-site soil and buildings, soil from
adjacent residential properties, groundwater, sediments, surface water,
and fish in the Bound Brook corridor. The EPA has separated the site into
four operable units (OUs): OU1 includes the contaminated soils at residential,
municipal, and commercial properties in the vicinity of the former facility,
OU2 includes the 26-acre former facility and associated contaminated soils and
buildings, OU3 includes the contaminated groundwater, and OU4 includes the
contaminated sediments of the Bound Brook corridor. A record of decision (ROD)
was issued for OU1 in September 2003 and portions of this remedy have been
completed. A ROD for OU2 was issued in September 2004 and the first phases of this remedy, dismantling the buildings and excavating the "capacitor disposal area" were completed in May and June 2008, respectively. On-site treatment of contaminated soils by low temperature thermal desorption began in November 2009. The site received $30 million in American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding in fiscal year 2009 which is being used to accelerate the cleanup of the contaminated soil and debris. The Remedial Investigations for OU3 and OU4 are currently ongoing.
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