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Universal Aluminum Extrusion Corporation

Other (Former) Names of Site: U.A. Industries, Inc., Universal Aluminum

EPA Identification Number: NJD046554655
Facility Location: 5 Canale Drive, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: James B. McKelvey, (410) 489-4088, jbjjmck@mdonline.net
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 2.32 MB, 32 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: No status has been recorded.

Site Description

The facility is located at 5 Canale Drive in Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey. It covers approximately 10 acres in an industrial park and is surrounded by commercial and light industry. The northern half (approximately five acres) of the facility, where the manufacturing operations and related activities occurred, is enclosed by a chain link fence. The southern portion of the property is wooded.

The operations ceased in 1988. Waste materials and manufacturing equipment were subsequently removed from the facility. Since 1992, the building has been leased and used for warehouse space.

The site was purchased by the Silver Building Co. in the late 1950's and sold to the Hewit-McKelvey Partnership in 1978. The building on site was constructed between 1967 and 1968 to operate as an aluminum extrusion facility.

Aluminum billets as raw material were heated and extruded through dies under pressure. Lineal products from the extrusion processes were subsequently applied with a chromium coat and then with paints. The products were then cut to specified lengths before the shipping to customers. The shipped products were further fabricated to produce consumer products such as residential windows and doors, light fixtures, truck bodies, and electrical and computer equipment.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Rinse waters and waste materials were generated at the facility from the manufacturing operations. An evaporation tank was utilized to treat rinse waters but was later replaced. Other waste materials were stored at various locations before being shipped off-site for disposal. Various chemical compounds were utilized in the manufacturing operations including chromium, xylene, paints, oils, caustic solutions, and methylene chloride.

Soil and groundwater underneath the facility are impacted primarily from the operation of two areas of concern (Evaporation Tank; and Vault #2) with chromium (total and hexavalent) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Contaminated soils were excavated and sent off-site for disposal as part of the cessation of the facility operations and subsequent remedial investigations/actions. The liquid wastes in the Evaporation Tank and surrounding contaminated soil were reportedly removed and the excavated area was backfilled with clean soil/material to the ground surface.  Groundwater data collected in the area of the Evaporation Tank showed chromium (total and hexavalent). 

A soil extraction system combined with an air sparging system was utilized to remediate contaminated soils and groundwater near Vault #2. The post-remediation sampling showed that the soil extraction system was effective in removing VOCs in soils but various VOCs were still detected in groundwater.

An investigation was conducted to further delineate the extent of groundwater contamination and to assess residual soil contamination.  A plan is being developed for the remediation and monitoring of the groundwater.     

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
Office of the Records Custodian
P.O. Box 442
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0442
Phone: 609-341-3121
E-mail: records.custodian@dep.state.nj.us

The inspection of some of the documents cited in the site fact sheet may require a formal request under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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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