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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Huntsman Corporation in West Deptford Township, New Jersey

On this page:

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

Cleanup Status

To sell the property to Huntsman in 1987, Shell completed a site investigation, including a thorough evaluation of 31 contaminated areas, and did soil excavations. After removing the sources of contamination and the contaminated soils, Shell monitored the groundwater and determined that standards were not being exceeded. NJDEP approved Shell's investigation and completion of the cleanup work, issuing a letter on December 16, 1992 that notified the company of its full compliance.

After Huntsman operated at the site for about 12 years, it collected soil and groundwater samples during its site investigation and excavated all contaminated soils. Huntsman also proposed that since its site falls within an aquifer region that is not used for drinking water, no further action is needed for the slight groundwater exceedences. NJDEP approved the investigation and cleanup work Huntsman performed. NJDEP determined, and issued a letter dated June 5, 2002, that no further action is required for the entire site and no restrictions were imposed on the use of the property.

Site Description

Huntsman Corporation is located on Mantua Grove Road in West Deptford Township, New Jersey. The Shell Chemical Company manufactured polypropylene pellets at this facility since 1961. Shell stored waste oil and burned it in an on-site boiler.

In 1987, Shell sold the site to the Huntsman Corporation, which continued the same operations. The boiler was closed in 1998 and Huntsman stopped all operations at the site on March 9, 1999.

Contaminants at this Facility

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) approved Shell's investigation and cleanup work, so there were no remaining environmental concerns from its operations. However, when Huntsman closed, it also had to submit an initial assessment report and a site investigation report, which identified potentially contaminated areas caused by leaks and spills. The majority of these areas had oil-stained soils and some had metal-contaminated groundwater. Huntsman excavated all contaminated soils in these areas.

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.