CLIFTON -- When Clifton's Alfred Heller Heat Treating Company declared bankruptcy in 2009, it left behind a toxic legacy, but a new developer is working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is entering another phase of its remediation work this spring, The Record reports.
EPA, state and local officials toured the facility in 2009 and found an extensive trove of hazardous materials: many hundreds of barrels and drums of chemicals, including solvents, acids and sludges.
John Inglese, the redeveloper for the site, aims to have the cleanup finished by the end of the year, according to The Record. He foresees warehouse and commercial companies using the property once the process is complete.
A prior stage of the site cleanup involved the underground plume of contamination that potentially put residents at risk, The Record noted. The EPA had found high levels of the carcinogen TCE, whose vapors are colorless and odorless. Homes with the highest measured levels of gas trapped beneath them got fan systems to vent them.