MATTEO & SONS INC.
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The Matteo & Sons, Inc. (Matteo) Superfund site is located in West Deptford, Gloucester County, New Jersey. The site is currently divided into three Operable Units (OUs). Operable Unit 1 (OU1) is located at 1708 U.S. Highway 130 (Crown Point Road). Operable Unit 2 (OU2) is consists of residential properties in a residential development approximately one-mile northeast of OU1, centered on Crown Point Road, Hessian Road, and Woodlane Drive. Operable Unit 3 (OU3) will address any impacts to groundwater and adjacent surface water bodies and sediments.
The OU1 property was acquired by the Matteo family in 1947 and consists of 82.5 acres including the contiguous upland areas and adjacent mudflats located between the confluence of Woodbury Creek, Hessian Run, and U.S. Highway 130. The property includes a scrapyard, an open field/waste disposal area, and the former Mira Trucking property located at 1689 Crown Point Road.
The Matteo family operated an unregistered landfill, junkyard, and a metals recycling facility at the OU1 starting around 1961. In 1968, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) identified an inactive incinerator at the site. In 1971, NJDEP approved Matteo’s request to operate the incinerator to burn copper wire and Matteo submitted a plan to operate a “sweating fire box” to melt lead battery terminals for lead reclamation.
Via inspections from 1968 through 1984, NJDEP documented a “lead sweating operation”, landfilling of crushed automobile battery casings and household waste along the banks of Hessian Run, unauthorized use of an incinerator for lead smelting operations, ash from lead smelting operations hauled to an on-site landfill, two fires at the landfill, abandoned drums of unknown waste, and a yellow waste dispersed across the site. Subsequent investigation activities by NJDEP and EPA resulted in the site being listed on the EPA National Priorities List on September 27, 2006.
Currently, the southern portion of the Matteo property along U.S. Highway 130 is an active metal salvaging facility that accepts scrap metal from individual, commercial, and industrial customers. Four inches of recycled crushed aggregate and/or recycled asphalt cover the unpaved area of the scrapyard to minimize exposure to contaminated soil. The remainder of the property is unused and vacant. A chain link fence surrounds the southern property boundary between the Willow Woods Mobile Home Community and the Matteo property and the northeastern property boundary on Crown Point Road.
On March 14, 2016, EPA received a request from NJDEP to evaluate a residential property for a CERCLA removal action. Buried crushed battery casings were discovered at the property during a sewer lateral repair in the front yard of a Birchly Court residence in West Deptford on November 19, 2015. Title search information indicated that the Matteo family also owned the property on which the Birchly Court and surrounding residences were constructed until 1986. These crushed battery casings represent material similar to that found on OU1 approximately one-mile away to the southwest.
In May 2016, EPA began investigation activities on Birchly Court and surrounding properties to determine the nature and extent of soil contamination. Crushed battery casing material and contaminated soil was found buried in the yards of several properties. Based on the results of the investigation, the residential development was included as part of the Matteo Superfund site as OU2 in October 2016.
What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?
At OU1 a Removal Action was performed under a May 2006 Administrative Consent Order issued by EPA. Approximately 425 tons of contaminated soil were excavated for off-site disposal from the Willow Woods Manufactured Home Community and along its border with the Matteo property. In addition, a chain-link fence was installed to restrict access to contaminated areas at OU1. An additional Removal Action is planned for early 2020 at the former Mira Trucking portion of OU1. Impacted soil and battery casing waste will be excavated from that portion of OU1 and properly disposed off-site.
EPA completed the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for OU1 in June 2019. A Proposed Plan for OU1 was issued for public comment on July 3, 2019, and a Record of Decision (ROD) was issued for OU1 in October 2019. The selected remedy for OU1 is excavation and off-site disposal of battery casing waste and impacted soil and capping of impacted soil in the scrap yard area. Remedial Design efforts began in November 2019.
The RI and Focused Feasibility Study (FFS) for OU2 were completed in May 2017, and EPA issued a ROD in September 2017 which called for excavation and removal of contaminated materials from residential areas. Remedial Design efforts concluded in August 2019 and Remedial Action efforts are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020.
What Is the Current Site Status?
Records of Decision have been issued for OU1 and OU2. EPA has started remedial design efforts for OU1 and is planning a Removal Action at the former Mira Trucking portion of OU1. EPA has completed the remedial design for OU2, and the Remedial Action at OU2 is planned for the spring of 2020.