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The Lightman Drum Company (LDC) site is located in Berlin, New Jersey. The 15-acre area includes a former industrial waste hauling and drum reclamation business and associated groundwater contaminant plumes. LDC stored chemical residues in underground storage tanks, drums and trailers. Drums were emptied in a pit at the rear of the property. Facility operations contaminated soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals. Following a short-term removal action cleanup to protect human health and the environment, the site’s long-term cleanup is ongoing.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

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

Subsurface Soil Cleanup: EPA is now issuing a Proposed Plan to address a small area of subsurface soil contamination. EPA’s preferred alternative to address the contamination is soil vapor extraction.

Groundwater Cleanup: Following a remedial investigation and feasibility study to determine the nature and extent of groundwater contamination and to evaluate remedial alternatives, EPA selected the groundwater remedy in the site’s September 2009 Record of Decision, or ROD. It included air sparging and soil vapor extraction for groundwater contamination near source areas, and pumping and treatment with monitored natural attenuation for downgradient groundwater contamination. Groundwater cleanup technology is being set up at the site.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The site is being addressed in two stages: a short-term removal action and a long-term remedial phase focused on cleanup of groundwater and a small area of subsurface soils. The site is also being addressed as two Operable Units. OU1 addresses the groundwater and OU2 addresses a small area of subsurface soils.

In September 2009, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the groundwater contamination. The chosen Remedy is air sparging and soil vapor extraction for the groundwater contamination near the source areas, and pump and treat with monitored natural attenuation for downgradient groundwater contamiantion.

A Risk Assessment and Feasibility Study are currently being prepared by the PRPs to evaluate potential risks and options for addressing the new area of soil contamination in OU2.

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