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Electronic Parts Specialty Company

EPA Identification Number: NJD002361665
Facility Location: 41 Coles Avenue, Lumberton Township, New Jersey 08048
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Facility Contact: None
EPA Contact: Ernst Jabouin, (212) 637-4104, jabouin.ernst@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Craig Wallace, (609) 984-3727

Last Updated: October 2005
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 438.69 KB, 31 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 250.24 KB, 23 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Electronics Parts Specialty Company (EPSCO) is located at 41 Coles Avenue in Lumberto Township, New Jersey. EPSCO is a 4.83-acre active industrial facility that has processed metal components for the electronics industry since the mid-1940s. From 1900 to the 1940s, the site was part of the Lumberton Dairy and was used primarily for agriculture and dairy farming. The site did have two permanent structures, a plating building and an office/metal preparation building, but the plating building was demolished in 1999; however, the office/metal preparation building still stands. A housing development borders the east and southeast perimeter of the site. Bobby's Run, a tributary of the south branch of Rancocas Creek, is located approximately 700 yards southwest of the site.

Potential Threats and Contaminats

Between 1945 and 1985 EPSCO discharged metals-plating wastewater contaminated with heavy metals and the chlorinated solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE)) into a shallow unlined lagoon at the rear of the property. These compounds contaminated the groundwater and the soils in the lagoon and overflow areas, underneath the plating building, and in other areas of the property.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Remediation of this facility is being conducted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) under its Division of Publicly Funded Site Remediation. The plume of contaminated groundwater has migrated off-site and is partially discharging into Bobby's Run. However, NJDEP performed an ecological assessment and determined that this contamination is not causing a significant ecological impact to the stream.

A survey of nearby properties showed there are no private or irrigation wells at risk of becoming contaminated by the groundwater plume. The soil contamination presents a direct contact hazard, but EPSCO fenced off the lagoon and overflow areas to prevent direct contact with the contaminated soil in that area of the site. The contaminated soil is also a continuous source of contamination to the shallow groundwater.

In 1998, NJDEP chose several actions to clean up the site, including the installation of a system to extract the groundwater, remove the contaminants, and then re-inject the treated water on-site. NJDEP also excavated the more highly contaminated "hot spot" soils from the plating building area, the lagoon/overflow area and other areas of the site, and disposed of them at an off-site facility. The less-contaminated soil in the lagoon/overflow area will be covered with a cap to prevent rainwater from infiltrating through the soil.

NJDEP completed excavation and disposal of the soil "hot spots" and lagoon sludges in April 2000. It is now in the design phase of constructing the cap. NJDEP will also design and install a groundwater remediation system to address the groundwater contamination.

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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