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DuPont Imaging Department


EPA Identification Number: NJD002444024
Facility Location: 500 Cheesequake Road, Parlin, New Jersey 08859 Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Andrew Hartten, (302) 999-6197
EPA Contact: Alan Straus, (212) 637-4160, straus.alan@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Loren Lasky, (609) 633-1422, loren.lasky@dep.state.nj.us

Last Updated: February 2014
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 39.9 KB, 9 pp]has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: More information is needed to make a determination.

Site Description

DuPont has owned and operated a chemical manufacturing plant on Cheesequake Road in Parlin, New Jersey, since 1904. DuPont manufactured a variety of products at the plant including, photographic films, automotive paints, pigments, adhesives, thinners, finishes and related specialty products.

The 220-acre facility has modified its operations and, since 1991, has manufactured Cyrel flexographic printing plates used for the printing industry, Teflon nonstick coatings for cookware and electronic resins for the computer industry. DuPont used to store hazardous waste in containers, but the containers were removed and the area was clean closed.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

The groundwater at the DuPont facility is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene, trichloroethene, 1, 2-dichloroethane and vinyl chloride.  The VOCs have been detected in the shallow and deeper groundwater beneath the site, as well as at off-site deeper groundwater locations. 

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The property is being cleaned up under the NJDEP Site Remediation Program through a voluntary cleanup agreement between DuPont and NJDEP. Several phases of environmental investigation have been conducted at the facility since the 1980s. DuPont has removed areas of soil contamination and donated a portion of the property to the Borough of Sayreville for green space.

DuPont completed two bioventing interim remedial measures to address sources of volatile organic compounds in soils which were identified as sources to groundwater impact, and operated a system to pump and treat contaminated groundwater. DuPont designed and installed enhancements to the pump and treat system for more efficient and effective containment of impacted groundwater beneath the site. New extraction wells, treatment system complex and rapid infiltration basins were constructed and are operating. DuPont is also monitoring the groundwater to assess the effectiveness of the pump and treat system.

DuPont is monitoring and investigating the extent of off-site groundwater contamination DuPont will continue investigation and evaluation of contamination related to site operations. Any areas found to be significantly contaminated will be cleaned up, as appropriate. NJDEP requires a deed notice for site contamination to restrict uses of the property. NJDEP also imposes restrictions on the use of groundwater for as long as it remains contaminated.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in the site fact sheet are available for public review at the following location:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Solid & Hazardous Waste
Records Center
401 E. State Street, 6th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone: (609) 777-3373

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) makes available its public records through formal request under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).


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