Former Jerry’s Cleaners Site
Borough of Waldwick, Bergen County
Fact Sheet — January 2010
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has contracted Kleinfelder
East, Inc. (Kleinfelder) to perform a Remedial Investigation (RI) of the soil and groundwater at
the Former Jerry’s Cleaners site (PI: 195250) located at 24 East Prospect Street(Block: 18.01,
Lot: 37.07), in the Borough of Waldwick, Bergen County.
In 1984, tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination was detected in the
Waldwick Borough Well No. 8 located on Dora Avenue at levels
exceeding the New Jersey Drinking Water Standard of 1 part per
billion (ppb). PCE is a volatile organic chemical (VOC) commonly
used as a dry cleaning solvent and degreasing agent. Because the
concentration of PCE exceeded 1 ppb, the public well was shut down
and subsequently sealed.
NJDEP initiated an investigation to determine the source of the PCE
contamination in Waldwick Borough Well No. 8. The former Jerry’s
Cleaners site, located at 24 East Prospect Street, was identified as a
potential source of the PCE contamination in the public well. NJDEP
collected ground water samples at the former Jerry’s Cleaners site in
January 2003 which revealed elevated levels of PCE, trichloroethene
(TCE), and cis-1,2-dichloroethene in the ground water. The highest
concentrations of PCE, TCE and cis-1,2-dichloroethene detected at
the site were 34,117 ppb, 11,000 ppb and 35,000 ppb, respectively.
The NJDEP Ground Water Remediation Standards for PCE, TCE
and cis-1,2-dichloroethene are 1 ppb,
1 ppb and 70 ppb, respectively.
Remedial Investigation (RI)
NJDEP has partially characterized the extent of soil and ground
water contamination at the former Jerry’s Cleaners site through
previous investigations. The primary objectives of this RI include:
- Confirmation of contaminant source area(s)
- Delineation of the horizontal and vertical extent of soil and ground
water impacts at the site and the surrounding properties
- Identification of potential vapor intrusion pathways
- Evaluation of impacts to potential human health and ecological
Kleinfelder, under contract to the NJDEP, will prepare a Remedial
Investigation Report (RIR) describing site activities and sampling
results. NJDEP will review the RIR and upon approval the report will
be made available to the public.
In order to completely characterize the nature and
extent of the contamination at the site, NJDEP will
collect and evaluate environmental samples from the
former Jerry’s Cleaners site. Field activities will
include the installation of soil borings with the
collection of soil samples and the construction and
sampling of temporary ground water sample points.
Based on the initial soil and ground water sampling
results, NJDEP will install permanent ground water
monitoring wells. The permanent monitoring wells
will be sampled at least twice after installation.
All soil and ground water samples will be analyzed
and compared to the applicable NJDEP remediation
In addition to the soil and ground water
investigation, a receptor evaluation and a baseline
ecological evaluation will be conducted in
accordance with the Technical Requirements for Site
Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E).
Fieldwork is scheduled to commence in the spring of
2010 and is expected to be completed in
approximately 18 months.
Vapor Intrusion Assessment
After the extent of groundwater and soil
contamination has been delineated, NJDEP will
assess the potential for vapor intrusion. Vapor
intrusion occurs when fumes from contaminated soil
or ground water seep through cracks and holes in
foundations or slabs of nearby buildings and
accumulate in basements, crawl spaces, or living
Contingent upon the results of the ground water
sampling, an assessment of the potential for vapor
intrusion into commercial buildings, residential
homes and any other building will be conducted. The
vapor intrusion investigation will evaluate the indoor
air quality at each sampled property and identify
potential or actual vapor intrusion pathways, as
applicable. Subsurface vapor samples may also be
collected adjacent to or beneath the buildings. All
samples will be compared to applicable NJDEP
screening levels. Pending the results of the initial
vapor intrusion investigation, additional residential
and commercial properties may also be investigated.
All property owners will be notified in advance of
NJDEP will provide a copy of all environmental reports to the Borough of Waldwick upon
the request of the municipality.
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