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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Beazer Incorporated in Port Newark, New Jersey

On this page:

  • Cleanup Status
  • Site Description
  • Contaminants at this Facility
  • Site Responsibility

Cleanup Status

The facility is being cleaned up under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Property Transfer Program. NJDEP approved a proposal to remediate the soils in 1999. The soil remediation was completed in 2002 and entailed mixing the top two feet of soil at the site, and areas of deeper contaminated soil, with Portland cement to contain the contaminants.

The entire site was covered with asphalt so that rainwater does not filter through the ground and transport the contaminants. Chemical contaminants are being monitored and removed from the deeper aquifer. A fence around the perimeter of the site is being maintained to prevent unauthorized access. The company is monitoring the groundwater and NJDEP will determine a long-term approach to cleaning up the groundwater.

Site Description

The Beazer East, Inc. site consists of approximately eight acres, located on Maritime and Tyler Streets, between the Elizabeth and Port Newark shipping channels, in Essex County, New Jersey. Several wood-treating facilities were located at the site from 1940 until operations ceased in May 1991. The former wood-treating facilities have been removed from the property, and the site soil has been remediated and covered. The entire site is surrounded by a fence and is located in an area that is primarily industrial. The site is currently being used for container (cargo) storage.

Contaminants at this Facility

Soil and groundwater studies identified chemical compounds in concentrations above state standards, including arsenic, copper, benzene, xylenes, 2,4-dimethylphenol, acenaphthene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, chrysene, fluorene, naphthalene, benzo(a)pyrene, and benzo(k)fluoranthene.

Site Responsibility at this Facility

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 2.