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The Ellis Property is a 36 acre tract of land located in Evesham and Medford Townships that was originally a dairy farm. Approximately 4 acres of the 36-acre tract was used for drum reconditioning and storage.  The site included a large two-story building that housed several washing tanks and troughs, and three sheds.  At the time of the site discovery, 50 to 75 drums and other chemical containers, many of them full, were found in the in the sheds.  An area adjacent to the sheds contained about one hundred 55-gallon plastic drums, most of which contained liquid. Approximately 300 containers were discovered at the site. Many of the drum contents had leaked onto the ground. Surficial spills and discharges associated with drum reconditioning, and chemical storage are believed to have contributed to contamination of soil and groundwater at the site. Operations ceased in the late 1970s following a fire.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

To date, contaminated soil has been removed and disposed of at an approved off-site facility.  In addition to removal of this soil, there is also ongoing extraction and treatment of contaminated groundwater.  An environmental monitoring program has been implemented to ensure the effectiveness of the remedy.

The monitoring program, indicated the presence of a previously unidentified area of sub surface residual soil contamination that is a source of groundwater contamination.  EPA has plans to remove the area of shallow contaminated soil and dispose of it at an approved off-site facility.  Deeper contaminated soil that will not be excavated will be treated with thermal heating to remove contaminants from the soil.  Groundwater will continue to be treated and monitored.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

Groundwater extraction and treatment continues at the site.  EPA has conducted a design for the removal and thermal treatment of the residual source area of soil contamination and expects to start the removal and thermal treatment of soil in 2020.  

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