EPA Shows New Cleanup Plan for Former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site in Vineland

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By: SNJ Today Staff

Photo courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Facebook page.

VINELAND, N.J. – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to remove over 57,000 cubic yards of soil from 40 non-residential properties impacted by the former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site in Vineland.

The site was used by the Kil-Tone Company from 1917 through 1926 to make pesticides, which included arsenic and lead. In 1926, the company sold the property to Lucas Kil-Tone Co., which the EPA believes it continued to make pesticides on the property until 1933.

The land is currently being used by an unrelated active business.

“EPA’s cleanup plan to address these non-residential properties in Vineland builds on previous work by our state partners and reflects our coordinated effort to protect people’s health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “This phase of work reflects EPA’s commitment to prioritize the Superfund program and ensure that these sites are cleaned up as quickly and safely as possible.”

The EPA will hold a public meeting on August 13 at the Gloria M Sabater Elementary School at 301 South East Boulevard. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Comments will be accepted until August 28.

Written comments can be emailed to hartzell.sharon@epa.gov or mailed to Sharon Hartzell, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007

The proposed plan would move around 57,800 cubic yards of soil from the contaminated non-residential properties within 26.5 acres. The soil would then be sent off-site for disposal and the properties would be restored.

EPA would defer action at properties where contamination extends below the groundwater table until it can assess how to address the groundwater at the site

The EPA will work with property owners or occupants to minimize disruption to businesses. It will also monitor the air near the work area.

The plan requires periodic assessments of the cleaned-up properties. Every five years the EPA will review the cleanup to measure its effectiveness. The estimated cost of cleanup is around $36 million.

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