Lipari Landfill: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
The 15-acre Lipari Landfill in Mantua, New Jersey includes a 6-acre inactive landfill that, between 1958 and 1971, accepted household waste, liquid and semisolid chemical wastes, and other industrial materials. These wastes were disposed of in drums that were placed in open trenches originally excavated for sand and gravel. Approximately 3,000,000 gallons of liquid wastes and 12,000 cubic yards of solid wastes were disposed of at the site. Some of the wastes included solvents, paints and thinners, formaldehyde, dust collector residues, and resins. Contaminants have crept into the underlying aquifers and leached into nearby marshlands, streams and lakes (including Chestnut Branch Stream, Rabbit Run Stream, and Alcyon Lake). Approximately 11,000 people in the area depend on groundwater as their drinking water supply. Presently, officials do not believe this drinking water supply is contaminated. A $130 million cleanup of the Lipari site is nearly complete. However, prior to its cleanup, chemical contaminants from the site threatened human health and the environment. The air was contaminated with organic compounds. Groundwater and surface water were contaminated with heavy metals including arsenic, chromium, and lead. Soil was contaminated with heavy metals, phthalates and various organic compounds. People who have come into direct contact with the seepage or contaminated groundwater could suffer adverse health effects. Although Alcyon Lake, a popular recreational site, was closed, people who trespassed for swimming or who consumed fish taken from the lake may be at risk. See your doctor if you live in the vicinity of the Lipari site and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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