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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Safety-Kleen Corporation - Linden Recycling Center in Linden, New Jersey

On this page:

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

Cleanup Status

The waste and sludge were removed from the impoundments and disposed of properly. The impoundment was then filled and covered with asphalt, although there is residual contaminated soil and groundwater. A site investigation was initiated to characterize the site's hydrogeology and groundwater contamination. A groundwater extraction system was installed in an area of known contamination at the north-central portion of the site. All the extracted groundwater is stored in a tanker, and then transported to an authorized facility for disposal. The operation of the extraction system is being monitored and has been shown to be effective in the removal of groundwater contamination in that area.

Safety-Kleen must complete the site investigation, which includes on-site and off-site areas. The long-term remedy will involve refining the delineation of on-site and off-site groundwater contamination, developing of a site-wide groundwater extraction and treatment system, and developing a long-term monitoring program. The monitoring will ensure that the contamination plume is being contained and that human exposure is controlled. The land use and groundwater use at the site and surrounding area will be restricted where contamination exceeds residential standards.

Site Description

Safety-Kleen Incorporated occupies this 11-acre facility at 1200 Sylvan Street in an industrial section of Linden, New Jersey. Safety-Kleen recovers spent solvents and treats both hazardous and non-hazardous waste. The Linden Airport and Conrail surround the site. The facility was formerly Solvents Recovery Services, Inc. The active part of the facility is currently paved with concrete and asphalt. The unit operations include tank storage, blending, container storage, distillation and a transfer station.

Contaminants at this Facility

Past activities, spills, and the operation of unlined impoundments resulted in releases of contaminants to the soil and groundwater. The primary threat is groundwater contamination by volatile organics, including benzene, toluene, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene and chlorobenzene.

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.