TRENTON – the Environmental Protection Agency reported today that it has removed the Sayreville Landfill from the Superfund list of hazardous waste sites.
According to the EPA, ground water and soil at the 30-acre site had been contaminated by volatile organic compounds, including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and more.
Following clean-up work, the EPA had proposed in August to delete the site from the Superfund list, and it opened a 30-day comment period.
More than 30 drums were removed from the site, a system to control stormwater and contain methane gas was installed, and the site was capped, EPA reported. The work was done with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and overseen by EPA.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6), cheered the news.
“This is a testament to the importance of the Superfund program and it’s a success for New Jerseyans who live in close proximity to this site,” said Pallone in a release. “This site was harmful to the environment, but EPA’s commitment to cleaning up the site will make it possible for this land to be potentially put to use to the benefit of the taxpayers.”
According to the EPA, the Sayreville Landfill was operated by the Borough of Sayreville as a licensed municipal landfill that accepted solid waste and some industrial waste from 1971 to 1977. Hazardous waste was suspected of being dumped at the site during and after the landfill stopped operating in 1977, the EPA stated. The site was added to the federal Superfund list in 1983.