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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Worldwide Medicines

Other (Former) Names of Site: E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: NJD011550092
Facility Location: 1 Squibb Drive, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08902
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Robert Weiss, (732) 227-6148
EPA Contact: Alan Straus, (212) 637-4160, straus.alan@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Jay Nickerson, (609) 633-1448, jay.nickerson@dep.state.nj.us

Last Updated: November 2013
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control: No status has been recorded.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 143.81 KB, 24 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) is located at 1 Squibb Drive in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The site has been an active pharmaceutical manufacturing and research and development facility since it began operation by E.R. Squibb and Sons, Inc. in 1907. In 1989, E.R. Squibb was purchased by the Bristol-Myers Company. The companies merged, creating Bristol-Myers Squibb, Inc. Current operations include more than 40 buildings, involving pharmaceutical research and development, quality control/quality assurance, administrative and technical support for worldwide manufacturing, and global engineering.  BMS does not currently manufacture pharmaceutical products at this site for sale to the public.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Soil sampling at the site has identified the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), primarily trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE); metals, primarily arsenic, lead, and mercury; semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs); polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); and pesticides.

Surface water sampling has identified VOCs, primarily TCE, PCE, and vinyl chloride (VC); and metals (arsenic). On-site groundwater contaminants include VOCs; and other contaminants including ethyl ether and arsenic.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The site is being cleaned up under the NJDEP Property Transfer Program.  Several phases of environmental investigation and cleanup actions have been conducted at the site since 1987. 

Much of the impacted soil has been addressed through removal and off-site disposal. Placement of a vegetated soil cap is planned in two areas. Other areas are being evaluated to determine if additional soil investigation or cleanup work is needed. BMS is proposing the installation and maintenance of asphalt or other cap materials over remaining soil contamination, as well as site-wide deed notice restricting future land use, as the final soil remedy. 
Previously completed surface water remedial activities have included removal of impacted sediments, improvements to the site storm water management system, and construction and operation of a groundwater pump-and-treat (P&T) system. Additional sediment sampling and ecological assessment are planned. 

As an interim remedial measure, BMS installed a groundwater P&T system in 1994 to provide hydraulic control for groundwater contamination associated with two former tank farm areas on the site. This system conveys groundwater to an on-site treatment facility for treatment prior to discharge to the Middlesex County Utilities Authority sanitary sewer system or reused in on-site cooling towers. Groundwater impact at another area on the site is managed under a Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) program and monitored since 2000.

Since 2009, BMS has conducted Vapor Intrusion remedial investigations and will continue monitor and evaluate VI concerns and implement mitigation options.

Site Repository

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

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

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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