Remaining contamination at an old industrial landfill along the Delaware River will be shielded by a stabilization wall and forested cover, with deed restrictions to prevent future construction, according to a new federal plan.
The plan follows the removal of more than 2,450 drums and related waste from the former Crown Vantage Landfill in Alexandria, a Superfund clean-up site, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA will hold a public hearing to discuss the plan, which also includes monitoring, at 7 p.m. July 12 in the firehouse at 31 Water St. in neighboring Milford.
The neighboring Curtis Speciality Papers mill, known locally as Riegel after the original owners, and other industries dumped at the site from the 1930s to the 1970s. During that time, the 10-acre site was drenched with volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls and other hazardous materials.
A 2005 study by state health and environmental officials found heavy metals, pesticides and even pockets of explosive gases. But the same study found that despite its history, hikers, bikers, kayakers, dogwalkers and even picnickers were attracted to the apparently bucolic property, perched on a bend in the river.