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CRISIS is the toxic waste cleanup advocacy group of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. CRISIS has been providing critical and technical oversight on behalf of the public (regarding the American Cyanamid/Pfizer Superfund site) since 1992.


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EPA added the American Cyanamid site in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 8, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water.  The 575-acre superfund site has a history of industrial pollution dating back to 1915. For nearly 100 years, prior owners used the location for manufacturing chemicals and disposed of chemical sludge and other wastes on the property. The soil, ground water and waste disposal areas, called impoundments, are contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-VOCs, metals, and other harmful chemicals. Some of these harmful chemicals are known to cause cancer in humans and animals or have other adverse effects on human health. The extent and nature of potential health effects depend on many factors, including the level and length of exposure.


The site is located adjacent to the Raritan River and lies above the Brunswick Aquifer, New Jersey’s second largest source for drinking water. Area residents are serviced by a public water supply that provides a safe source of drinking water. In 1998, EPA deleted 140 acres of the site from the Superfund list and the property was redeveloped for commercial use (retail stores, a professional baseball stadium, and a commuter/stadium parking lot). All manufacturing ceased on the site in 1999 and the majority of the buildings were demolished by 2000. In 2009, Pfizer Inc. assumed responsibility for the American Cyanamid site as part of its purchase of the Wyeth Holding Corporation, a prior owner.


CRISIS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION GROUP:
 -     A NON-PROFIT GROUP WORKING FOR THE BRIDGEWATER AND
       SOMERSET COUNTY COMMUNITIES FOR OVER 20 YEARS.


 -     COMMUNITY ACTION TO PROMOTE AND SERVE AS WATCHDOG FOR
       CLEANUP OF THE CYANAMID SUPERFUND CONTAMINATED WASTE SITE.
 
 -     INFORMATION CENTER ON CLEANUP PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS.
 
 -     HOLDER OF EPA TAG GRANT FOR 20 YEARS,
       RENEWED AGAIN IN 2013 FOR $50,000 OVER 3 YEARS.
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RECENT PROGRESS:
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 -     EPA RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) ISSUED IN SEPTEMBER 2012
       COVERING LARGE SECTION OF CYANAMID SITE WASTES,
       CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER AND SOILS.   
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 -    INTERIM MITIGATION STEPS TAKEN BY PFIZER AND EPA
       SUCCEED IN LOWERING BENZENE LEVELS IN RARITAN RIVER
       BASED ON LATEST SAMPLE DATA (JANUARY 2013).
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 -     MODULAR DEDICATED TREATMENT FACILITY FOR CONTAMINATED
       GROUNDWATER, LONG SOUGHT BY CRISIS, AND IMPLEMENTED BY PFIZER
       BY SPRING OF 2012, AIDS IN LOWERING BENZENE IN RARITAN.
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 -     LEADING CANDIDATE PROCESSES TO TREAT TOXIC IMPOUNDMENTS 1&2
       IDENTIFIED BY PFIZER AND EPA IN 2012 LAB STUDIES.  SCALED-UP PILOT
       STUDIES IN DESIGN FOR 2013.
       DRAFT FOCUSED FEASABILITY STUDY DUE IN 2014.
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 -    EPA REACHES LEGAL AGREEMENT WITH PFIZER TO MOVE FORWARD.
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