EPA Announces Public Meeting to Change Cleanup Plan for Lightman Drum Company Superfund Site

By: Follow Local News Staff

Photo courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Facebook page.

WINSLOW TWP, N.J. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a public meeting in September to propose an amendment to a plan for the Lightman Drum Company Superfund site in Winslow Township due to levels of contamination in the groundwater falling naturally.

The previous cleanup plan created in 2009 required treating groundwater in hot spots that contained concentrations of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). But, due to the contaminated soil being removed, which was the original source of the groundwater becoming contaminated, the groundwater is now naturally decreasing contaminate levels. The area is no longer considered hot spots.

“This revised cleanup plan represents significant environmental progress for the people of New Jersey and the restoration of land and groundwater impacted by the contamination,” EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez said in a press release. “EPA is moving forward with a scientifically and economically sound approach to clean up the Lightman Drum Company Superfund site while maintaining the protection of human health and the environment.”

Existing monitoring will continue in former hotspots for the duration of the project and will be periodically sampled.

EPA will hold a public meeting on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. to both further discuss and answer questions about the proposed amendment for the selected area. The meeting will take place at Bud Duble (Winslow Township) Senior Center, 33 Cooper Folly Road in Atco. In addition, any and all public comments will be accepted until September 24th, 2019.

Written comments on EPA’s proposed plan may be mailed or emailed to: Renee Gelblat, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10007, Email: gelblat.renee@epa.gov.

For more information on the Lightman Drum Company Superfund site click here.

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