EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Contaminated Vineland Properties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a cleanup plan to address about 40 non-residential contaminated properties that remain impacted by the Former Kil-Tone Company Superfund Site in Vineland.

“Previous pesticide manufacturing operations at the former Kil-Tone facility contaminated the soil with arsenic and lead,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “EPA is partnering closely with the city of Vineland as we work collaboratively to safeguard this community.”

EPA’s final plan calls for removing an estimated 57,800 cubic yards of soil from the contaminated non-residential properties. The extent of excavation and cleanup for each property will vary and depends on EPA’s evaluation of property-specific conditions. Excavated soil will be sent off-site for disposal, and the properties will be restored. The agency will work closely with the property owners or occupants to coordinate EPA’s activities and minimize disruption to their businesses. The EPA will monitor the air for dust near the work areas. While cleaning up the known contaminated properties, additional properties with site-related soil contamination may be discovered; these will be added to the cleanup effort.

Throughout the cleanup, EPA will monitor and further study the cleanup progress to ensure the effectiveness of the remedy. While the goal will be full removal of all contaminated soil from the affected properties, in some cases engineering or access concerns may prevent this. If this is the case, long-term monitoring will be needed to ensure the remedy remains effective. In addition, EPA will conduct a formal review of the cleanup every 5 years to ensure its continued effectiveness. Under the final plan, the estimated cost of cleanup is approximately $36 million.

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