Number of the Day: $23 million

April 19, 2013 | Number of The Day

The Puchack Well Field Superfund site in Pennsauken Township, which was first discovered to be contaminated in the 1970s, is set to be cleaned up after the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection reached an agreement with SL Industries, Inc. and SL Surface Technologies, Inc. to provide the funding for the cleanup.

In addition to the $23 million, the companies agreed to reimburse the EPA another $10.7 million for past cleanup costs.

Six public drinking-water supply wells near the site had to be taken out of use due to the contamination. The soil is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and is contributing to ground water pollution. Hexavalent chromium may cause cancer, as well as other health problems.

Groundwater contamination was first discovered at a limited number of wells in the 1970s, and subsequent testing in the early 1980s found contamination in more wells. The well field was removed as a source of drinking water in 1984, and the field was placed on the Superfund list in 1998.

The EPA has a webpage on the site