The site-wide remedy (designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as OU4) addresses impacted soils, groundwater, and impoundments that have not been previously addressed, with the exception of Impoundments 1 and 2 (OU8).
On December 8, 2015, a formal agreement (i.e. Consent Decree) between the United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and Wyeth Holdings LLC (WH) was signed authorizing WH to move forward with implementation of the site-wide remedy as described in the Record of Decision issued by USEPA on September 27, 2012.
WH and its project team have made significant progress with the engineering design and permitting of an on-site groundwater extraction and treatment facility. Construction of this significant system began in early 2017 and will take approximately two years to complete. In addition, engineering design is progressing on the site-wide soils and waste stabilization and solidification components.
Site-wide Remedy Components
The site-wide remedy, as described in USEPA’s Record of Decision, will provide long-term protection to human health and the environment and will return the property to productive use. The major components of the remedy are listed below:
- The existing bedrock groundwater collection system will be improved by modifying the primary extraction wells and by adding several new extraction wells to ensure that all site-related groundwater is captured. In addition, a recovery system (including extraction wells and containment walls) will be constructed for collection of overburden groundwater at several locations. The groundwater collected at the site will be treated on-site and reinjected to bedrock groundwater following treatment.
- An ecological risk assessment will be conducted on three impoundments located in the flood plain to confirm the appropriate treatment for these materials. If the ecological risk assessment identifies any impoundment contents that present an unacceptable risk, these materials would be relocated and consolidated in the North Area in areas where the same types of controls are warranted.
- Waste material located within Impoundments 3, 4, and 5 will be entirely treated in place through stabilization and solidification technologies to prevent migration. This treatment method is a proven technology that immobilizes contaminants. Following solidification, an impermeable engineered vapor control barrier will be installed.
- For site-wide soils that exhibit similar characteristics as identified within Impoundment 3, 4, and 5, complete excavation and relocation to Impoundments 3, 4, and 5 will be required along with the same treatment methods mentioned above.
- For site-wide soils determined to require a vapor control barrier, which also includes a vapor mitigation system, an impermeable multi-layered engineered cap will be constructed. These soils typically contain volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds that have the potential to migrate into the atmosphere.
- For site-wide soils determined to require a direct contact barrier, an engineered soil cover will be utilized. Soils requiring this engineered cover typically consist of low-level contaminated media above NJDEP soil remediation standards.