Background—The Wayne, New Jersey, Site was remediated under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). FUSRAP was established in 1974 to remediate sites where radioactive contamination remained from Manhattan Project and early U.S. Atomic Energy Commission operations.
History—Rare Earths, Inc. and then W.R. Grace and Company operated the 6.5-acre site as a rare earth and thorium processing facility from 1948 to 1971. Contaminated waste materials were buried on site and the facility license was terminated. DOE acquired the property for interim storage of contaminated soil and debris removed from nearby (vicinity) properties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed the site on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1984.
DOE began remediation of the site and contaminated vicinity properties; remediation was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 2003. The site was transferred to Wayne Township for recreational use in 2006. In 2010, USACE remediated residual radioactive contamination in public rights-of-way.
Final Conditions—The site transferred to the Office of Legacy Management (LM) in 2007. Until the site is delisted from the NPL, DOE will continue to impose a groundwater use restriction on the site. LM's requirements consist of monitoring the site for groundwater use, managing and preserving site information, and responding to requests for information. For more information about the Wayne Site, view the