News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Acting Commissioner
For Release:
April 20, 1999
For Further Information Contact:
Tom Breslin
(609) 984-7160
Marilyn Riley
(609) 984-7160
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Public Comment Sought on Health Assessments for Two Superfund Sites

TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has released for public comment health assessment reports for two Superfund sites: the Zschiegner Refining Company in Howell Township, Monmouth County, and LCP Incorporated in Linden, Union County. The public may submit written comments through May 20.

The department prepared the health assessments in cooperation with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Health assessments are conducted to determine the potential public health impact of Superfund sites on the surrounding areas.

The health assessments concluded that neither site poses a public health hazard. Both sites have undergone remediation and will continue to be monitored.

The Zscheiegner Refining Company, located on Maxim-Southard Road in Howell Township, was a precious metals recovery facility until 1992. Operations at the site resulted in contamination of the building and adjacent wetlands with arsenic, chromium and cyanide. The site is now surrounded by fencing or is otherwise inaccessible due to natural barriers.

The health assessment found that contaminant levels are not high enough to pose a public health risk should anyone trespass on the property. However, the report recommends the department and ATSDR work with the Monmouth County Health Department, to increase public awareness to keep children off the property. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested private drinking water wells near the facility and determined they did not constitute a public health hazard.

LCP Incorporated, located off South Wood Avenue in Linden, produced chlorine, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid. Mercury-contaminated sludge was disposed of in an on-site lagoon. The lagoon has been drained, closed, and capped. The site is in a remote location, and is not near any drinking water wells.

Copies of the health assessment for the Zschiegner Refining Company are available at the Monmouth County Health Department and Howell Township Public Library. For LCP Incorporated in Linden, copies may be viewed at the Union County Health Department and the Linden public libraries. Copies of both reports are also available by calling the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services at (609) 633-2043.

Written comments should be addressed to:

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Consumer of Environmental Health Services
Hazardous Site Health Evaluation Program, ATSDR Project P.O. Box 360
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360

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