ERIAL & HICKSTOWN ROADS
The approximately 60-acre GEMS Landfill site has been owned by Gloucester Township from at least the late 1950s to the present. During that time, the landfill has been operated by various parties as a disposal site for solid, liquid, and hazardous wastes and substances. Records indicate that a variety of industrial wastes including asbestos, solvents, and other materials were disposed of at the GEMS site between 1970 and 1979. In 1980, sludge from the City of Philadelphia's northeast wastewater treatment facility was disposed of at the site. Analyses of the sludge revealed the presence of pesticides. The State closed the landfill in 1980. Scattered industrial and recreational areas are adjacent to the site. The closest residences are approximately 300 feet from the base of the landfill. Approximately 6,000 people live within a mile of the site, and 38,000 people live within a 3-mile radius. Holly Run borders the eastern edge of the site and flows into Briar Lake off the northeast corner of the site. Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through Federal, State, and potentially responsible parties' actions
within a 1 mile radius
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