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The Woodbrook Road Dump site is a 70-acre inactive dumping area located on two properties in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Dumps operated on the two properties during the 1940s and 1950s, accepting household and industrial wastes until the State of New Jersey shut them down in 1958. Texas Eastern Terminal Company (TETCO) purchased the properties by 1972. Partially buried, leaking capacitors were discovered in September 1999. After the capacitors were removed, an investigation found soils contaminated with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The investigation was completed in 2013 which identified PCBs as the contaminant of concern. A Record of Decision was signed in September 2013 selecting a remedy for excavation and off-site disposal of soil and debris contaminated with PCBs at concentrations greater than 1.0 ppm on the site. The site is currently in the remedial design phase of the project.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

In March and April of 2000, TETCO removed and disposed of PCB contaminated capacitors that were found partially buried at the site and installed guard rails and warning signs at access points to prevent off-road vehicles from entering the site.  TETCO installed warning signs along the paths leading to the areas where the capacitors were found and put in temporary fencing around these areas to prevent public access. In September 2005,  to further limit access to the site, TETCO installed a perimeter fence, additional warning signs and additional separate fences inside the perimeter fence around Disposal Areas 1 and 2. Site security measures included the installation of security cameras. TETCO continues to maintain the fencing.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

From 2014 to 2016, a remedial design sampling investigation was conducted in the Eastern and Western Dumps to further delineate the contaminated soil and debris that exceed the remediation goal. The sampling results were used to estimate the extent of soil and debris excavation. Negotiations with the responsible party, TETCO, are on-going.

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