Superfund Site Profile


The Fair Lawn Well Field site (Site) is comprised of three municipal wells that supply drinking water to the residents of Fair Lawn, Bergen County, New Jersey. All three wells are part of the Westmoreland Well Field. In 1978, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected in these municipal supply wells located in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the Fair Lawn Industrial Park. In an effort to identify the origin of the contamination, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) investigated all industrial and commercial facilities within a 3,000 foot radius of the contaminated municipal supply wells.  The investigation concluded that the primary source of the contamination was located in the Fair Lawn Industrial Park. As a result of this investigation, two local companies, Thermo Fisher Scientific Company, LLC (Fisher) and Sandvik, Inc. (Sandvik), were identified as contributing sources to the groundwater contamination. The Site was placed on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) in September 1983.

In March 1984, Fisher and Sandvik signed an Administrative Order on Consents (AOC) with the NJDEP to conduct on-site investigation of soil and groundwater, removal and disposal of contaminated soils, long-term monitoring of on-site groundwater quality and payment to the Borough of Fair Lawn for the installation, and of operations and maintenance of the air stripper at the Westmoreland well field. Subsequently, due to a change in ownership, Fisher became subject to the Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (ECRA). In 1986, Fisher’s parent company, Allied Signal, signed an AOC with the NJDEP for the continuation of remedial activities, including construction of a groundwater collection system.

The site is bounded predominantly by commercial industries to the northeast and the Passaic River to the southwest. Several residences are within 300 feet of the site. The site is being addressed through federal, state and potentially responsible party actions