work completed at Pioneer Smelting
EPA has removed 24,000 tons of
contaminated soil and debris from the Pioneer Smelting site in
Chatsworth, New Jersey. Although no groundwater contamination
was detected, concentrations of lead in the surface soil were
between 67 ppm and 18,200 ppm. Cleanup activities began in July
2003 and included the dismantling, decontamination and disposal
of several buildings and structures as well as the excavation
and treatment of lead-contaminated soil. Cleanup efforts also
included recycling 340 tons of scrap metal and removing 300 feet
of asbestos containing material.
The facility was built in 1939
by the New Jersey Zinc Company, which conducted zinc smelting
and metal reclamation activities at the site. Several entities
owned the facility prior to its purchase by the Pioneer Smelting
Company in 1973. The facility was used by several lessees for
various recycling and metal recovery operations until it was abandoned
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