Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

LIGHTMAN DRUM COMPANY
WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, NJ

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The Lightman Drum Company site (Site) covers about 15 acres in Winslow Township, Camden County, New Jersey. The Site includes a former industrial waste hauling and drum reclamation business and, currently, United Cooperage operates a drum brokerage business on a small portion of the Site. From 1974 to 1979, Lightman Drum Company operated an industrial waste hauling and drum reclamation business. They stored chemical residues in underground storage tanks, drums and trailers. Drums were also emptied in a pit in a wooded area of the property. Facility operations contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals such as chemical powders, pesticides, waste oil, oil sludges, paints, pigment, thinner, ink, residues, ketones, alcohols and mixed solvents.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protect (NJDEP) oversaw various remediation activities, These included removal of the underground tanks (1984) and various sampling events (soil in 1987 and soil and groundwater from 1989 to 1990).  NJDEP asked EPA to evaluate the Site in May 1999.  In October 1999, EPA placed the Site on the National Priorities List and became the lead agency for Superfund remediation activities.

Studies showed the existence of two plumes of contaminated groundwater. The eastern plume emanated from the former Waste Storage Tanks and the western plume emanated from the Unlined Waste Disposal Pit in the wooded area. In addition, there is was small area of contaminated soil near the

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

In 2007, contaminated soils associated with a previously removed underground storage tank were removed.

In 2009, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit 1 (OU1) which included removing contamination from the former Waste Storage Tank Area and the Unlined Waste Disposal Pit areas. The was done by constructing an air sparging and soil vapor extraction system for groundwater contamination near source areas, extraction and treatment of groundwater hot spots (small discrete areas of high contamination) and Monitored Natural Attenuation in the remained of the downgradient groundwater contamination.

In 2009, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit 2 (OU2).  OU2 is a small area of soil contamination near the former Waste Storage Tank Area. It is being treat by a soil vapor extraction system connected to the OU1 system.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The air sparging and soil vapor extraction system began operation in 2013 and has removed the majority of the source of the contamination for OU1 and OU2.  It continues to operate for both OU1 and OU2.

 

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