The U.S. EPA proposes to add the Troy Chemical Corporation site in Newark, NJ to the Superfund list. The site is highly contaminated with mercury, due to chemical manufacturing activities that occurred on the site in the past, and due to other industrial activities that occurred nearby.
Between 1956 and 1965, about 7,000 gallons per day of untreated mercury contaminated wastewater were discharged from the plant, into Pierson’s Creek, which flows into Newark Bay. As a result, the creek is highly contaminated. Sampling of sediments in the creek reveals that they contain as much as 60% mercury by weight.
Exposure to mercury is extremely toxic, and is especially harmful to children and to pregnant women. Mercury can cause nerve damage, damage to the brain, damage to other vital organs, and damage to the immune system.
In 2001, the EPA reached an agreement with Troy Chemical Corporation that required it to comply with chemical reporting regulations and to improve its systems to reduce air pollution, reduce water pollution, and decrease the amount of chemicals that it uses. Currently, the company manufactures antifungal paint additives.
The NJDEP has also been involved in reducing pollutant emissions violations from the plant. The state has shown support for adding the site to the Superfund list.
The EPA will take public comments on the proposal of this site to the Superfund List for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. For instructions on how to submit comments, go to: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/current.htm
The Federal Register notice and supporting documents for the Troy Chemical site is available here.