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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Universal Aluminum Extrusion Corporation in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

On this page:

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

Cleanup Status

Contaminated soils were excavated and sent off-site for disposal as part of the cessation of the facility operations and subsequent remedial investigations/actions. The liquid wastes in the Evaporation Tank and surrounding contaminated soil were reportedly removed and the excavated area was backfilled with clean soil/material to the ground surface.  Groundwater data collected in the area of the Evaporation Tank showed chromium (total and hexavalent). 

An air sparging and soil vapor extraction system was utilized to remediate contaminated soils and groundwater near Vault #2. The post-remediation sampling showed that the soil vapor extraction system was effective in removing VOCs in soils but various VOCs were still detected in groundwater.

An investigation was conducted to further delineate the extent of groundwater contamination and to assess residual soil contamination.  A plan is being developed for the remediation and monitoring of the groundwater.     

Site Description

The facility is located at 5 Canale Drive in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey. It covers approximately 10 acres in an industrial park and is surrounded by commercial and light industry. The northern half (approximately five acres) of the facility, where the manufacturing operations and related activities occurred, is enclosed by a chain link fence. The southern portion of the property is wooded.

The operations ceased in 1988. Waste materials and manufacturing equipment were subsequently removed from the facility. Since 1992, the building has been leased and used for warehouse space.

The site was purchased by the Silver Building Co. in the late 1950's and sold to the Hewit-McKelvey Partnership in 1978. The building on site was constructed between 1967 and 1968 to operate as an aluminum extrusion facility.

Aluminum billets as raw material were heated and extruded through dies under pressure. Lineal products from the extrusion processes were subsequently applied with a chromium coat and then with paints. The products were then cut to specified lengths before the shipping to customers. The shipped products were further fabricated to produce consumer products such as residential windows and doors, light fixtures, truck bodies, and electrical and computer equipment. 

Contaminants at this Facility

Rinse waters and waste materials were generated at the facility from the manufacturing operations. An evaporation tank was utilized to treat rinse waters but was later replaced. Other waste materials were stored at various locations before being shipped off-site for disposal. Various chemical compounds were utilized in the manufacturing operations including chromium, xylene, paints, oils, caustic solutions, and methylene chloride.

Soil and groundwater underneath the facility are impacted primarily from the operation of two areas of concern (Evaporation Tank; and Vault #2) with chromium (total and hexavalent) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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.