roebling steel co.


The Roebling Steel Company site occupies a 200-acre former manufacturing plant for steel and wire products, located next to the Delaware River in Florence Township. The Roebling Steel Company produced steel wire and cable at this site for many years before closing in the 1980's. In the later years, certain portions of the site were used for housing polymer reclamation operations, storing insulating products, refurbishing refrigerated trailers and shipping containers, and construction equipment storage. The raw materials and waste products that these operations produced were stored or buried in several on-site locations. Seventy buildings occupied much of the site, and were connected by a series of paved and unpaved roads. The site includes two inactive sludge lagoons, an abandoned landfill, buildings containing pits and sumps, contaminated soils and slag material, contaminated river and creek sediments, impacted wetlands, and contaminated groundwater. Sporadic vandalism has occurred since the plant stopped operations; several buildings have been partially destroyed, a pile of old tires was set on fire, and a building housing a chemical laboratory was destroyed by fire. The site is next to the Delaware River, and the groundwater under it is only about 10 feet below the ground surface. Approximately 12,000 people in the area depend on the groundwater for their drinking water, supplied by private and municipal wells within 3 miles of the site. The distance from the site to the nearest residential well is 2,000 feet. Residents in the area use the Delaware River and a wetland next to the site for recreation. Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through Federal actions

Hazardous Ranking Score

41 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

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Region 2
Phone: (877) 251-4575

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Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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