Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site

State TrusteeAO Bureau

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New Jersey

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Lamington River, Trout Brook, Hacklebarney State Park


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Financial Summary

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* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

The Combe Fill South Landfill is located in the NJ Highlands Region, an area known to support an exceptionally diverse array of natural resources including unique biotic communities and critical habitats (U.S. Department of Agriculture 2002). The Site is situated just north of the headwaters of Trout Brook, a NJ Category 1 (C1) Trout Production stream, and tributary to the Lamington River. Trout Brook flows through the Hacklebarney State Park, providing numerous recreational and fishing opportunities. A small forested wetland is located just east of the Site, which drains to the headwaters of an unnamed tributary (UT). The UT is a small tributary to the Lamington River, and is categorized as a C1 Trout Maintenance stream.

Following the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process, the Trustees determined that the release of hazardous substances has resulted in a 230-acre plume of contaminated groundwater beneath and around the Site. Site leachate additionally impaired or degraded 11.7 acres of forested wetland habitat; injured the surface water, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish of approximately 1.9 river miles of Trout Brook (C1 Trout Production stream); and injured the surface water and biota of approximately 1.5 river miles of UT (C1 Trout Maintenance stream).

A settlement, including compensation for Natural Resource Damages, was formalized in a Consent Decree signed by the United States Government, the State of NJ, and the Potentially Responsible Parties in 2009. The Trustees received compensation for non-groundwater natural resource injuries. The restoration account has been held by the State of NJ, for the purposes of restoration, including restoration planning, future restoration monitoring, and other allowable expenditures associated with the Site. Restoration actions have included the removal of the Hughesville Dam, located on the Musconetcong River, NJ, and the removal of the Columbia and Remnant Dams, located on the Paulins Kill River, NJ. Sources:

Credit: USFWS

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Restoration Plan Combe Fill South Landfill Final Restoration Plan 07/12/2016
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Combe Landfill Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Addendum 01/08/2018

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