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Edgewater Superfund Work To Begin In Fall

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EDGEWATER — Work is planned to cap one of the nation's worst Superfund sites in Edgewater instead of moving the toxins as residents had originally wanted, according to

The Quanta site off River Road is contaminated with PCBs, arsenic and other toxins, and will be remediated in place, according to

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning an August meeting, prior to the September start of the $78 million project, according to

The site dates to the 1870s and was occupied by industries that processed coal tar, paving and roofing materials and waste oil, while also producing arsenic as a by-product, according to a Daily Voice article.

New Jersey’s DEP closed Quanta, the last company at the site, in 1981 after finding storage tanks filled with PCB-laden oil. More than 9 million gallons of waste was removed, everything was torn down and a fence was erected around the 11-acre lot.

Honeywell and 23 other liable companies will carry out the cleanup work under the EPA’s oversight. Other firms include, BASF Corporation; Beazer East Inc.; BFI Waste Systems of New Jersey Inc.; BorgWarner Inc.; Buckeye Pipe Line Co. LP; Chemical Leaman Tank Lines Inc. (now Quality Carriers); Colonial Pipeline Co.; Consolidated Rail Corp.; Exxon Mobil Corp; Ford Motor Company; General Dynamics Land Systems Inc.; Hess Corp.; Miller Brewing Co.; NEAPCO Inc.; Northrup Grumman Systems Corp.; Petroleum Tank Cleaners Inc.; Rome Strip Steel Co. Inc.; Quanta Resources Corp.; Stanley Black & Decker Inc.; Textron Inc.; and United Technologies Corp.

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