Wednesday, May 26, 2010

'Price's Pit' site in NJ to get $16M treatment plant

A former landfill near Atlantic City, where millions of gallons of chemicals were dumped in the 1970's, is in line for a groundwater treatment plant to be paid for with federal stimulus funds.

Price's Pit, in Pleasantville, NJ was considered one of the most dangerous sites in the nation when it was added to the national Superfund list in 1983 because of the chemical brew it contained and its proximity to local drinking water supplies.

In the early stages of its cleanup, nearby residents were connected to water lines, and the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority abandoned wells near the site and relocated them about two miles northwest in 1985.

Construction of the plant will begin this summer and is expected to take up to two years to complete. When it is put into service, the plant will treat about 500,000 gallons of polluted water per day.

Water discharged from the plant will be piped to the Atlantic County Utility Authority’s (ACUA) wastewater plant in Atlantic City for final treatment.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that the federal Environmental Protection Agency will reimburse the city for the volume of water discharged into the ACUA treatment system.

EPA's description of the site

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