William Hurley Industrial Complex
AKA Frequency Engineering
Howell Township, Monmouth County
PI #: G000004410
BLOCK: 49 LOT: 30-33, 38, 44, 45, 46-50
BLOCK: 221 LOT: 4
BLOCK: 222 LOT: 15 & 16
BLOCK: 223 LOT: 2
Office of Community Relations (OCR)
(609) 984-3081 | (800) 253-5647
SITE DESCRIPTION/RESOLUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS:
of 28 June 2004
This site is also known as Frequency Engineering Laboratories Inc. It
occupies a portion of the William Hurley Industrial Complex on Central
Avenue, a small road that intersects with Lakewood -Farmingdale Road.
Marsh Bog Brook flows northwest of the complex. Frequency Engineering
has manufactured electronic military hardware at the complex since 1964.
For approximately 25 years, until 1989, the company discharged rinse waters
from its metals plating operations into a drainage ditch behind the facility.
Sampling conducted by Frequency Engineering in 1996 indicated that discharges
at the site had contaminated the soil and ground water with volatile organic
compounds and metals. The following year, Frequency Engineering entered
into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in which it agreed to investigate
and remediate the contamination under the supervision of NJDEP’s Responsible
Party Remediation Element. In 1999, trichloroethylene (TCE), a chlorinated
volatile organic compound, was discovered in a private potable well at
a downgradient commercial business and Frequency Engineering was identified
as the most likely source of the contamination. A Point-of-Entry Treatment
(POET) system was installed on the well with funds provided by NJDEP to
supply potable water for the occupants. NJDEP’s Remedial Response Element
and the Monmouth County Health Department subsequently sampled additional
nearby private potable wells but did not find any others that were contaminated
with volatile organic compounds at levels exceeding New Jersey Drinking
Water Standards. In 2000, Frequency Engineering declared bankruptcy. NJDEP
terminated the MOA the following year after the company indicated it would
no longer implement the work specified in the agreement. NJDEP’s Remedial
Response Element began a Remedial Investigation/Remedial Action Selection
(RI/RAS) in 2002 to delineate the contamination at the site and evaluate
remedial alternatives. The RI/RAS will include sampling of the soil, ground
water, surface water, sediments, building interiors and septic systems.
The work is being funded in part with $280,000 that NJDEP received from
the bankruptcy settlement.
Please be advised that these
cases labeled by OCR as inactive may still be undergoing remedial
activities but OCR has no involvement. Documents that are available
on this page associated with the inactive list may not reflect
the current status of a case.