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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: RBH Dispersions Incorporated in Bound Brook, New Jersey

On this page:

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

Cleanup Status

Remediation of the site is being done under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Property Transfer Program, pursuant to an Administrative Consent Order between NJDEP and United Technologies Corporation, the company responsible for cleanup of the site. Areas at the site have been cleaned up or have no contamination above applicable standards and no further action is needed in these areas. Contaminated groundwater in the south-central portion of the site has been treated by infusion into the groundwater of oxygen and propane to enhance the natural degradation of the contaminants. 

A plan has been implemented to address groundwater contamination in the western portion of the site by injection of active sodium perchlorate into the subsurface to degrade the contaminants. There are no drinking water wells in the area. Groundwater sampling at the site is ongoing to monitor contaminant concentrations.

Site Description

RBH Dispersions, Inc. is located at L-5 Factory Lane in Bound Brook, New Jersey. The site is also known as the former Inmont Bound Brook facility. The site is bounded by Lehigh Valley Railroad to the north, the Port Reading Railroad to the south, and other industrial properties to the east and west. A residential area is located approximately one quarter mile north of the site. The closest surface water bodies are the Ambrose Brook, approximately 2,000 feet north of the site, and the Raritan River, approximately 3,000 feet west of the site.   

The 25 acre site began as a chemical manufacturing facility in approximately 1929, manufacturing color base for lacquer, inks, container coatings, and textiles. Site operations through the late 1990s also included production of resin, metals powder, and pigments. Chemical solvents, resins, and pigments were used in manufacturing processes. There were numerous underground storage tanks located at the site. Solvent wastes were generated by the cleaning of process equipment and were stored in 55 gallon drums and an underground storage tank. The property is currently owned by Simi Investment Company, Ltd. Texas Pipe and Supply Company, a subsidiary of Simi, has been using the site as a pipe storage and distribution center since 2004.

Contaminants at this Facility

Various organic compounds and metals were detected in the soil at the site above state standards, including trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, benzene, antimony, lead, and other contaminants. The groundwater contains volatile organic compounds, including benzene, trichloroethene, trichloroethylene, 1,1-dichloroethene and 1, 2-dichloroethane. The contamination is generally due to the discharge of wastes and other hazardous substances during the management and disposal of raw materials, chemical products and wastes, and potential off-site source.  

Site Responsibility at this Facility

The property is being cleaned up under the NJDEP Property Transfer Program and an Administrative Consent Order between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and United Technologies Corporation, the company responsible for cleanup of the site, issued in 1985.