By Sarah M. Rivette, USACE Philadelphia DistrictSeptember 29, 2011
A Superfund remediation project is underway at the former location of the Vineland Chemical Co., Inc, Vineland, N.J. that manufactured arsenic-based herbicides. The remediation includes digging up the arsenic-contaminated soil and stream sediments, cleaning the soil and restoring the soil and local vegetation in the Blackwater Branch of the Maurice River.
The stream and floodplain remediation project began in 2006, is about 80 percent finished and will be completed in four phases as construction crews' work downstream from the former facility. Herbicides soaked into the surface and subsurface soils, ground water and sediments of the Blackwater Branch. To date, 35 of 70 acres have been remediated and restored as part of the larger Environmental Protection Agency funded project at a cost of $86 million; $20 million which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides technical assistance to non-Department of Defense federal agencies through the Interagency and International Services program. Through this, the Corps works with the EPA on Superfund sites across the country.