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Cleanup Resumes At American Cyanamid Superfund Site In Bridgewater

Flooding at the superfund site caused by Hurricane Irene. (credit: epa.gov)

Flooding at the superfund site caused by Hurricane Irene. (credit: epa.gov)

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Cleanup has now resumed at the American Cyanamid Superfund Site near the Raritan River in Bridgewater after last month’s storms flooded the site and knocked out power.

According to EPA spokesperson Bonnie Bellow, about 200 million gallons of water flooded the property and electricity was “totally knocked out” by the storms.

“In order to get the pump and treat system up and running to get the cleanup of any damage that occurred from the storm underway, that water had to be released,” Bellow told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.

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Bellow said the purpose of the on-site equipment is to keep the contaminated ground water from spreading and into the Raritan River or other local waters.

“We’ve been able to get the water from the site pumped out and the system that is critical to cleaning up this site is back working,” Bellow said.

Officials said they want to finish installing a system to contain seepage by next spring and said they will have a long-term plan in the next few months to clean the site.