Vineland Requests EPA to Add Kil-Tone Site to Superfund National Priorities List

VINELAND -  Attorneys for the City of Vineland have requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) add the former Kil-Tone Company site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).
The former site is located at 527 East Chestnut Avenue and is one of over 1,000 sites across the United States that are labelled as the most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites. New Jersey currently has more Superfund locations than any other state with 113 sites on the list.
Pesticides, including arsenic and lead, were manufactured at the location from 1917 to 1933 while the building was managed by Kil-Tone Company, then the Lucas Kil-Tone Company. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection conducted soil and water sampling at the facility during the summer of 2014 and again in January and February of this year and ruled that several residential properties located near the site have unacceptable levels of arsenic and lead in the surface soils, as well as along the Tarkiln Branch of the Maurice River.
The EPA informed affected residents and businesses about the results and advised them to take precautionary measures such as washing their hands and face before eating, washing vegetables grown in contaminated soils, limiting children’s activity in contaminated soils, cleaning the house weekly to reduce the amount of dust, and removing shoes in order to reduce the amount of soil entering the house.
Public comment will be open until Monday, November 30th and submissions may be made by visiting the United States Environmental Protection Agency website at

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