On February 24, 2015, the United States entered into a settlement agreement with D.S.C. of Newark, the owner of the property where the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc., facility operated. The $22 million settlement includes $4.485 million to compensate for injuries to natural resources in Bound Brook and its associated wetlands and floodplains including lost use of the recreational fishery since 1997, when the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a ban on consumption of all species of fish in Bound Brook due to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination.
Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, Inc., manufactured electronic parts and components and tested transformer oils at their facility in South Plainfield, NJ, from 1936 to 1962 and disposed of PCB-contaminated material directly into an unnamed stream that flows half a mile into Bound Brook, a tributary to the Raritan River. Hundreds of acres of wetlands and stream bottom were contaminated with PCBs and other contaminants. Funds available from this and other settlements of natural resource injury related to releases from this Superfund Site will be used to restore natural resources. NOAA and our co-Trustees, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NJDEP, are evaluating opportunities for natural resource restoration in the Raritan River watershed and will seek public input during restoration planning.
(Photo caption: The Bound Brook, a tributary to the Raritan River, is adjacent to the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Site. Photo and article from www.darrp.noaa.gov.)