EPA Finalizes $15 Million Additional Cleanup at Former Vineland Pesticides Plant

VINELAND, N.J. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized an additional $15 million for modifications to its plan to clean up a contaminated area in Vineland.
Operations at the Vineland Chemical Company Superfund Site resulted in contaminating the groundwater, soil, and sediment with arsenic during the periods of 1949 to 1994. Due to the location of the 26-acre facility, the Blackwater Branch floodplain, Maurice River, and Union Lake were also affected by the arsenic.
The EPA began working to on the site in 1992. They dredged, excavated, and disposed of arsenic-contaminated sediment from the site according to its original cleanup plan. The EPA will modify the cleanup by adding treatment technologies to address areas in the Blackwater Branch floodplain that became re-contaminated with arsenic since those activities were completed.
“The Vineland Chemical Company manufactured arsenic-based herbicides at this property in Vineland and left a toxic legacy,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “We have come a long way in cleaning up this site, which was seriously contaminated with toxic arsenic that polluted the area.”
The EPA may also require excavation of “hot spots” to remove remaining contaminated exposed sediment or soil in the Blackwater Branch floodplain. Throughout the cleanup, monitoring, testing, and further studies will be conducted to ensure the effectiveness of the remedy and protection of the environment. The cleanup under this plan is estimated to cost $15 million.
Drinking water in the area is supplied by a public drinking water provider and is regularly tested to ensure that it meets all state and federal standards.
The EPA held a public meeting in Vineland on August 8, 2016, to explain its plan. They accepted public comments for 30 days and considered public input before making any finalizations. An available copy of the modified plan can be found here.