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EPA extends comment period for electronics Superfund site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended by 30 days the public comment period for the plan it has proposed for the contaminated ground water at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey. The plan would prevent the use of contaminated ground water as a source of drinking water.

The ground water associated with the site, located at 333 Hamilton Boulevard in South Plainfield, became contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds from past industrial activities. PCBs are likely cancer causing chemicals and can have serious neurological effects. Volatile organic compounds can cause serious damage to people’s health.

The ground water at the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics site is contained within underground layers of rock and soil. Municipal water supply wells in Middlesex County draw ground water from some portions of the rock formations to the north of the site. The plan proposed in July will require enhanced and continued monitoring of the ground water and will prevent the contaminated site ground water from being used as a source of drinking water in the future. The Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund site is part of a Borough of South Plainfield redevelopment area.

The EPA held a public meeting on August 7, 2012 to explain the proposed plan. At the request of a member of the public, the agency is extending the public comment period from its original date of August 20 to a new public comment deadline of September 20, 2012.

Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc. manufactured electronics parts at the 26-acre facility from 1936 to 1962. PCBs and solvents were used in the manufacturing process and the company disposed of PCB-contaminated materials and other hazardous wastes at the facility property.