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The Martin Aaron, Inc. site is located in Camden, New Jersey. Various steel drum reconditioning companies operated at the site for approximately 30 years, ending in 1998.  Industrial activity at the site contaminated soil and groundwater with arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds, and other chemicals.  Actions to remove immediate hazards to human health and the environment have concluded, and activities are now focused on the long-term remediation of the site.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

In 1987, Martin Aaron, Inc. removed approximately 45 drums of contaminated soil for off-site disposal. In 1999, EPA and the NJDEP removed abandoned process equipment and drums, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and contaminated surface soils.

In July 2005, a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) to determine the nature and extent of the contamination and evaluate remedial alternatives concluded. In September 2005, EPA selected the remedy for the site in the Record of Decision.  The remedy includes excavating contaminated soils and treating on-site or sending to an approved off-site disposal facility.  Residual soil contamination will be capped and future use of the site will be restricted.  Groundwater will be extracted from the ground and treated before it is discharged into the sewer system.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

EPA and NJDEP have stabilized the site by removing drums, process equipment, tanks, and soil, and maintains a fence to prevent contact with remaining subsurface soil contamination.  In 2007, EPA reached an agreement with the responsible parties to undertake the soil cleanup. The responsible parties completed the design of the soil remedy in 2014 and are currently revising the plan for implementation of the remedy design, which is expected to start in 2017.

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