EPA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and PPG Industries (PPG) finalized a cleanup plan to address groundwater that is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) resulting from PPG’s former manufacturing operations at its site in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

The groundwater at the site contains a non-degradable solvent called trichloroethylene, a chemical that can cause serious health effects if consumed or inhaled in high doses over long periods of time.

The cleanup plan for the PPG Pompton Lakes site is one of the first implemented under EPA’s new approach to Superfund cleanups in the northeast region. 

The new approach seeks to promote public engagement, target site cleanups to protect human health and the environment, and return cleaned-up sites to productive use.

“We are pleased to be finalizing this plan following an extensive public comment process,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “We recognize that implementation of this pilot remediation program will require close cooperation with the community and stakeholders.”

The plan requires the polluters responsible for the contamination to design and implement a remedy that will permanently protect human health and the environment.

The selected remedy includes:

  • Removal of contaminated soil by excavation at locations where it exceeds residential screening levels. Excavation will begin in 2018 and is expected to take approximately two years;
  • Installation of an enhanced in-situ bioremediation system, where contaminated groundwater has not already been addressed by a previously installed treatment system; and
  • Fencing off of areas containing elevated levels of soil contamination that cannot be removed because they

“Groundwater contamination can have long-lasting impacts on communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “This plan will address the source of contamination, prevent future discharges into nearby waterways, and protect people living nearby from exposure to harmful chemicals.”

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