Dozens of Superfund sites in NJ

The United States Environmental Protection Agency makes a distinction between the redevelopment of land that has been designated as Superfund areas and other contaminated sites such as brownfields.

For the former, there are nearly 60 sites in New Jersey that have cleared some level of remediation to be declared safe for reuse, and these now house everything from ongoing industrial operations to wildlife habitats.

The EPA maintains a historical overview of each of these sites, but also updates their current conditions and use, which are the qualifiers New Jersey 101.5 compiled here.

American Cyanamid Co.

TD Bank Baseball Field

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Bridgewater
  • What is it now ?: TD Bank Ballpark (home of the Somerset Patriots), NJ Transit Bridgewater station, Van Horne House, commercial space
  • Superfund profile page

Landfill of asbestos

  • Where: Millington (Long Hill)
  • What’s Now ?: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, commercial space
  • Superfund profile page

Bog Creek Farm

Bog Creek

Environmental Protection Agency

Brick Township landfill

Masonry solar panels

Environmental Protection Agency

Swamp of burnt flies

Chemical Insecticide Corp.

Metuchen-Edison Community Dog Park

Environmental Protection Agency

Chemical Leaman Tank Lines Inc.

Chemsol Inc.

Ciba-Geigy Corp.


Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Tom River
  • What’s Now ?: owned by BASF, used for environmental science education, wildlife refuge, solar panels
  • Superfund profile page

Cinnaminson Township (block 702) Contamination of groundwater

  • Where: Cinnaminson / Delran
  • What is it now ?: commercial, industrial and residential space; PSE & G solar panel
  • Superfund profile page

Road of the Cooper

Curcio Scrap Metal Inc.

Curtis Specialty Papers Inc.

Curti website

Environmental Protection Agency

De Rewal Chemical Co.

De Rewal site

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Kingwood
  • What is it now ?: recreational space, bird habitat, cycle path; American Indian artifacts discovered during cleaning
  • Superfund profile page

Via Dalila

Diamond Alkali Co.

  • Where: Newark
  • What’s now ?: Still under development; Newark Riverfront Park opened nearby
  • Superfund profile page

Fair meadow pit field

Federal Creosote

  • Where: Manville
  • What is it now ?: Residential space, with some relocated residents and old houses demolished
  • Superfund profile page

Former Kil-Tone company

Garden State Cleaners Co.

  • Where: Buena
  • What’s now ?: Free and available for redevelopment, zoned for commercial use
  • Superfund profile page

Garfield’s groundwater contamination

Glen Ridge radium site

  • Where: Bloomfield / East Orange / Glen Ridge
  • What is it now ?: Commercial and residential space
  • Superfund profile page

Grand Street Mercury

Higgins disposal

Hasty acres

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Franklin Township (Somerset County)
  • What is it now ?: Hasty Acres equestrian school, truck repair shop, residence
  • Superfund profile page

Higgins Farm

Higgins Farm

Environmental Protection Agency

Laundromat area Iceland GW Plume

Imperial Oil Co., Inc./Champion Chemicals

Imperial oil site

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Morganville (Marlboro)
  • What’s now ?: Protected wetlands, box turtle habitats, commercial and residential spaces available
  • Superfund profile page

Industrial Latex Corp.

Jackson Township Landfill

Ocean County Modeling Club

Environmental Protection Agency

Johnson & Towers

Landfill & Development Co.

Landfill and development

Environmental Protection Agency

LCP Chemicals Inc.

  • Where: Tiglio
  • What is it now ?: The cleanup continues, including the demolition of buildings and the restoration of wetlands
  • Superfund profile page

Lightman Drum Company

Lipari landfill

Park of the Alcione Lake

Environmental Protection Agency

Matteo & Figli Inc.

Maywood Chemical Co.

  • Where: Lodi / Maywood / Rochelle Park
  • What is it now ?: Stepan Company chemical production, three parks, fire station, commercial and residential space
  • Superfund profile page

Monitor Devices Inc./Intercircuits Inc.

Montclair / West Orange Radio site

Montgomery Township Residential Complex

  • Where: Montgomery
  • What is it now ?: Montgomery Township Shopping Center, residential space
  • Superfund profile page

Property of Myers

Industries NL

  • Where: Pedricktown (Oldmans Township)
  • What is it now ?: Surplus storage of industrial equipment
  • Superfund profile page

Pepe Campo

  • Where: Boonton Town
  • What’s Up Now ?: Reopened recreation facility including a Little League pitch, footpath, playground, basketball court, gazebo and kiosk
  • Superfund profile page

Pijak Farm

Pijak Farm

Environmental Protection Agency

PJP landfill

PJP landfill

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Jersey City
  • What’s Now ?: Portions of the site owned by Prologis and the city of Jersey City
  • Superfund profile page

Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination

  • Where: Warren County
  • What is it now ?: agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential space

Landfill price

  • Where: Egg Harbor Township / Pleasantville
  • What’s now ?: Atlantic City Electric solar array arrays
  • Superfund profile page

Radiation Technology Inc.

  • Where: City of Rockaway
  • What is it now ?: Sterigenics International Radiation Sterilization Facility
  • Superfund profile page

Slag from Raritan Bay

Ringwood Mines / Landfill

  • Where: Ringwood
  • What is it now ?: Ringwood Borough garage, state park, commercial and residential space, future municipal recycling center

Industrial park along the river

  • Where: Newark
  • What is it now ?: Commercial and industrial space, site partially owned by the City of Newark
  • Superfund profile page

Roebling Steel Co.

Roebling Museum

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: Florence
  • What is it now ?: NJ Transit light rail station, Roebling Museum, riverside park
  • Superfund profile page

Rolling Knolls LF

  • Where: Green Village (Morris County)
  • What’s up now ?: 35 acres are part of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
  • Superfund profile page

South Brunswick Landfill

Spence Farm

Standard chlorine

Universal petroleum products (chemical division)

East Rutherford Shopping Center

Environmental Protection Agency
  • Where: East Rutherford
  • What is it now ?: commercial space, NJ Transit Pasck Valley line, utility depot
  • Superfund profile page

Ventron / Velsicol

Vineland Chemical Co., Inc.

Welsbach and General Gas Mantle (Camden radiation)

  • Where: Camden / Gloucester City
  • What’s Next ?: Waterfront South Theater, Sports Complexes, Gloucester Marine Terminal, Gloucester City Middle School
  • Superfund profile page

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