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Hess Corporation

Other (Former) Names of Site: Amerada Hess Corporation – Port Reading Refinery

EPA Identification Number: NJD045445483
Facility Location: 750 Cliff Road, Port Reading, New Jersey 07064  
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Howard Goldman, (732) 750-7735
EPA Contact: Andy Park, 212-637-4184, park.andy@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager:

Phil Cole, (609) 292-0395, phil.cole@dep.state.nj.us

Last Updated: July 2013
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control: No status has been recorded.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

The Hess Corporation Port Reading Refinery occupies approximately 210 acres on Cliff Road in an industrial waterfront area of Port Reading, New Jersey.  The Conrail Port Reading Rail Yard is located to the north, the Arthur Kill shipping channel to the east and southeast, the PSE&G power facility and Smith Creek to the south, and mixed industrial and commercial land use to west.  Residences are located approximately one quarter mile to the north, west, and southwest.   

The property is used as an oil refinery and petroleum storage terminal.  Site operations were initiated in 1958, with refining operations discontinued between 1974 and 1985.  The facility currently processes low sulfur gas oils and residuals as feed to a Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit that converts gas oil into gasoline, fuel oil, and other hydrocarbon products (e.g., methane, ethane, and liquid petroleum gas).  

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Due to the refining and storage operations over the years, areas of soil and groundwater contamination have been identified at the site, including benzene, lead and arsenic. 

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The property is being cleaned up under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Site Remediation Program through a voluntary cleanup agreement between Hess Corporation and NJDEP, and a Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) permit issued by EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  Numerous waste oil and fuel oil underground storage tanks have been removed.  Three areas, including land treatment and ponds, are being closed.  Chemical product is being removed periodically from the groundwater in the area of a release from a pipeline. 
Investigations of soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment and indoor air are planned throughout several areas of the refinery property and off-site.  Clean up of these areas will be completed, as necessary.  Additional delineation and active remediation of product floating on the groundwater in two areas of the site are planned.   

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
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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