Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

AMERICAN CYANAMID CO
BRIDGEWATER, NJ

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

In 1983, EPA added the 575-acre site to the National Priorities List. In 1996, EPA selected a remedy for the 140-acre portion of the site known as the Hill Property, which called for no further action with groundwater monitoring. After ensuring that the Hill Property posed no current or future risks to human health and the environment, EPA deleted this portion of the site from the National Priorities List in December 1998. EPA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and local community members worked together to pave the way for the construction of the Bridgewater Promenade on the 140-acre parcel of land. This multi-use commercial complex provides retail, hotel and office space. A 6,300-seat minor league baseball stadium also opened on the property in 1999.

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA had data on 28 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 1,470 people and generated an estimated $327,677,250 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

For a 140-acre portion of the site referred to as the Hill Property, which was deleted from the National Priorities List in 1998, an institutional control known as a groundwater classification exception area/well restriction area (CEA/WRA) was established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to prevent exposure to underlying groundwater exposure.  A CEA is established by NJDEP to provide notice that groundwater contamination exists within a localized area, while a WRA restricts the potable use of wells within the area.

The implementation of institutional controls is also required as part of the site-wide remedy, which is currently in the design phase, to ensure the protectiveness of the remedy and its compatibility with future reuse. The following institutional controls will be implemented under the site-wide remedy: deed restrictions, restrictive covenants and the establishment of a groundwater classification exception area/well restriction area. A site-wide classification exception area/well restriction area is currently being developed by Wyeth with the State of New Jersey to restrict potable use of groundwater until it has been restored.

While contaminated impoundments and soils remain present at the site, the site is fenced and patrolled by security to restrict access and prevent potential exposures to contaminated materials. The surrounding communities receive potable water from sources that are not hydraulically connected to contaminated site groundwater.

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