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Why are our Officials Permitting 38,000 Drums of Hazardous Waste in Cell 1 to Remain on the
Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site?

Toms River, New Jersey

Over the past several months a lot of controversy has been raised over the 38,000 drums that are in Cell 1 and are not part of any remediation process. As we have stated over the past four years or so, these 38,000 drums will be left behind for our children or their children to deal with. Lawsuits over these drums have been filed finally, yet our officials say that Cell 1 is not leaking and intact because it has a double liner system. Somewhere in between is the truth so maybe we should look at the facts and history of Cell 1:
  • 1977 Cell 1 of the new lined landfill was opened. The landfill was permitted by the Department of Environmental Protection to accept only dry non-hazardous chemical waste.
  • 1979 January, the Department of Environmental Protection granted a ten year permit to operate the landfill.
  • 1979 "The Department of Environmental Protection discovered that Cell 1 of the lined landfill was leaking to a significant degree between the double liners."
  • 1980 "The Solid Waste Administration has reviewed the data on the analysis in volumes of liquids pumped from the primary leachate sumps and the leak detection sumps of both Cells 1 & 2 of the subject facility, and has concluded that the data indicates leakage of liquid through the primary liners of the two cells. The Solid Waste Administration also maintains that the intention of the approved engineering design was to prevent , not minimize, any such leakages, and therefore, the Solid Waste Administration has concluded that the two landfill cells construction at the subject facility are not performing in accordance with the intention of the approved engineering design."
  • 1981 A memorandum in reference to experiments on actual liner material states, "Enclosed are three strips of liner material. The discolored sample is a section of staff-oil resistant PVC, which has been immersed in leachate from our landfill, for 593 days. This is "field joint' material, and the joint failed after 65 days in the leachate."
    • Toluene affects all liner material, with a "review of the Cell 1 sump data also indicates that toluene is a major component of the leachate."
    • "Also, over time, drums of waste disposed in Cell 1 have been rusting and corroding. As a result, an increasing number of drums are likely deteriorating and contributing their contents to the leachate."
    • "Thus, both regulatory agencies and the scientific community recognize that synthetic liners of all landfills will eventually degrade and cease to provide an adequate barrier to migration of leachate out of the bottom of the landfill."
  • 1982 Cell 1 closed.
Source: EPA and State of New Jersey Documents

For other concerns on Cell 1 please read some of the other previous cover pages on this topic. The links are below:

  • August 2000: Government Agencies should work together to remove all the drums from the Ciba Geigy Superfund site in Toms River, NJ.
  • October 2000: What government agencies have not mentioned!
  • April 2001: Government Agencies have failed to protect the citizens of Toms River, New Jersey in the past and the question remains are we being protected today?
  • June 2002: The Toxic Contents from Both Landfills on the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site should be Removed


  • Reich Farm Site and What We Thought We Knew
    Dover Township (Toms River), New Jersey

    Styrene Acrylontrile Trimer a chemical compound related to plastics production

    At the last Citizens Action Committee on Childhood Cancer Cluster meeting the EPA reported there is significant levels of trimer in the soils at Reich Farm. One has to remember in 1995 an incinerator was used on the soils of Reich Farm to remediate this superfund site.

    Although it was initially reported that the incineration resolved the soil contamination problem, EPA recently realized that the testing done back in 1995 would not have detected the SAN trimer. We credit EPA for going back and testing the soil for trimer. This sampling revealed average levels of 660 ppb, high of 3.4 ppm. These are below the clean up standard of 10 ppm for semi-volatiles, but still a concern and more extensive sampling should be undertaken.

    This raises the question of whether the trimer could still be entering the groundwater from the residual contamination in the soil. It is important that EPA follow up with more detailed studies so we can get a full view of the problem.



    T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Available
    to High School Senior in One of the Toms River Schools


    Members of T.E.A.C.H. believe in supporting our community. We will award a scholarship to one high school senior enrolled in one of the Toms River schools. Interested seniors can contact their high school guidance counselors at their respective schools for further details. This will be a $1000.00 scholarship for four years, for a total of $4000.00 over four years.

    This scholarship is open to any Toms River, New Jersey 12th grade high school student meeting the following requirements:
  • We currently plan to limit this scholarship to a student studying or majoring in a science, environmental or medical field with a grade point average of 3.0 or B overall average.
  • The student will have to complete an application and write an essay to become eligible.
  • The student must maintain a 2.0 grade average while attending college to remain qualified for this scholarship.




    The Toxic Contents from Both Landfills
    on the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site
    should be Removed

    Toms River, New Jersey

    Approximately 38,000 drums of toxic waste will be left on the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site in one landfill, while 35,000 drums of toxic waste will be removed from another. EPA officials have expressed no interest in these additional drums and are not interested in the public concern.

    Drum Disposal Areas

    Why aren't our government agencies working with and protecting the citizens, instead of having close ties to the corporate giants. It is only common sense to remove all drums of toxic waste now, not when the drums leak and pollute our aquifer, which will occur over time. Toms River has enough contamination plumes to deal with, why clean up one and leave a potential one for our children? The access road to remove these drums is here today and removal can be completed if only the company and our officials would listen to our concerns.

    Toms River

    We encourage the public to help us by writing letters to the Governor of New Jersey, Senators and Representatives on all levels requesting that action be taken to remove all toxic drums of waste buried on the Ciba Geigy superfund site. Please help support our efforts, for now is the time to take action to remove these additional 38,000 drums.

    This link is to the March 2002 cover page on Cell 1 and the 38,000 additional drums
    This link is to the News Article on the EPA Meeting of May 29,2002.
    This link is to the Asbury Park Press Editorial of June 1, 2002


  • Several important meetings are scheduled, for further details look under "Local Events" on the sidebar or click on this link.
  • The previous cover page can be found under "RESOURCES", Previous Month's Cover Pages.