Welcome to CRISIS
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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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Cyanamid Toxic Waste Site in Bridgewater, NJ, south of train station and west of 287. Raritan River lower right

CRISIS - An environmental action group:
  • Monitoring cleanup efforts of the Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater and Bound Brook, NJ
  • Superfund site is located between East Main St. and the Raritan River (see photo)
  • Non-profit group working in Bridgewater and Somerset County, NJ for over 25 years
  • Holder of US-EPA TAG Grant since 1993, which funds our technical advisor and this website
  • Remediation now being managed by Pfizer/Wyeth Holdings Corporation and the US-EPA
  • Community watchdog group for this complex, highly contaminated site, which includes tars containing benzene and other VOC’s and heavy metals 
  • We provide on-going information on technical approaches, challenges and the clean-up progress; plus independent analysis


Links to our latest reports and commentary:
TA Reports
ROD Major Elements 
Temporary GWTP ------ Complete ------ Operating
Benzene Seepage ------ Complete ------ Contained
Impoundments 3,4,5  ------ Test/Design
Impoundments 13,17,24 ------
- ERA Top 2 Feet ------ ERA Complete
- Mass Tars Washout ------ In Discussion
Permenent GWTP ------ Tests Complete... Design Underway
Impoundments 1 and 2 ------ Unsettled 

Background of The American Cyanamid Superfund Site:

The American Cyanamid Superfund Site is located in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey and was added to the National Priorities List in 1983 after contamination was found at the site. Prior owners used the 575-acre site for numerous chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing operations for more than 90 years, resulting in the contamination of waste disposal areas (referred to as impoundments), soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-VOCs, and metals. In 1998, EPA deleted a 140-acre portion of the 575-acre site from the National Priorities List, leaving 435 acres to be addressed. The 140 acre parcel of land, which primarily consisted of administrative and laboratory buildings, has been redeveloped for commercial use. All manufacturing at the site stopped in 1999, with most buildings demolished by 2000. Wyeth Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., acquired the site in 2009 and assumed responsibility for its cleanup. The long-term cleanup of the site is ongoing.