Superfund Site: DIAMOND HEAD OIL REFINERY DIV.
KEARNY, NJ

Superfund Site Profile

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SITE BACKGROUND

The Site, located near the Hackensack Meadowlands at 1401 Harrison Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey, was the location of a former oil reprocessing facility. The Site is comprised of a 20.2-acre unoccupied parcel that includes wetland areas, a drainage ditch, a small wetland/pond, a vegetated landfill area along the western border, and the remnants of the former Diamond Head Oil Refinery on the eastern portion of the Site. The parcel is bordered by Harrison Avenue (also called the Newark Turnpike) to the north, entrance ramp “M” of Interstate 280 (I-280) to the east, I-280 to the south, and Campbell Distribution Foundry to the west.  The Site also includes a 10.3-acre portion of the I-280 interchange clover leaf located east of the 20.2-acre unoccupied parcel.

The Site is currently undeveloped and is designated on the tax map as industrial/commercial. The land use surrounding the Site is industrial/commercial and open space/wetlands, and is not anticipated to change in the future.  The nearest residential area is located a half-mile to the west, and is not impacted by Site contamination.  A Municipal Sanitary Landfill Authority (MSLA) landfill, identified as the 1-D Landfill, is situated south of I-280.

Prior Site operations took place on the eastern half of the parcel. The landfilled area on the western portion of the parcel was once an access road to the 1-D Landfill, and a landfill mound remains from those activities, rising 10 to 15 feet above the rest of the Site. Surface water drains through a drainage ditch that eventually discharges to Frank’s Creek, which in turn discharges to the Passaic River.

Oil reprocessing at the Diamond Head Oil facility operated under several companies, including PSC Resources, Inc., Ag-Met Oil Service, Inc., and Newtown Refining Corporation, from 1946 to early 1979.  All of these companies were owned by Mr. Robert Mahler.  During facility operations, multiple aboveground storage tanks and possibly subsurface pits were used to store oily wastes.  These wastes were intermittently discharged directly to adjacent properties to the east, and to the wetland area on the south side of the Site, creating an “Oil Lake.”