Superfund Site: CHEMICAL LEAMAN TANK LINES, INC.
BRIDGEPORT, NJ

Superfund Site Profile


SITE BACKGROUND

The Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, Inc. Superfund site is located near the town of Bridgeport, New Jersey. The 45.5-acre site includes an industrial tanker terminal and open wetlands. In 1961, Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, Inc. began operating a facility on 34 acres, to wash and rinse tanker trucks. Company operators emptied wastewater into seven on-site lagoons bordering the surrounding wetlands. Liquid sludge that accumulated at the bottom of the lagoons and additional holding tank spills eventually contaminated the groundwater supply. Until 1975, wastewater generated from the tank washing was released into the on-site lagoons, and ultimately discharged into Cedar Swamp and Moss Branch Creek, tributaries of the Delaware River.  In 1980 and 1981, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sampling identified contamination – carbon tetrachloride and volatile organic compounds, or VOCs – in area groundwater, as well as private wells nearby.  VOCs are contaminants that easily evaporate in the air.  EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984.  This site is being addressed through Federal and Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) actions.