Camden, NJ


Camden, NJ

The City of Camden is home to an estimated 74,532 residents, and it’s located in Camden County, NJ.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Camden and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Camden County, NJ?
  • How clean is the air in Camden County, NJ?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Camden County, NJ?
  • Is the water in Camden County, NJ safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Camden, NJ

There are nine Superfund sites in Camden County, NJ. Superfund sites, like GEMS Landfill in Gloucester Township, NJ, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Camden, NJ area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

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A. GEMS Landfill (HRS Score: 69)

The GEMS Landfill site is located in Gloucester Township, NJ.

Contaminants found at the GEMS Landfill site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
34007

B. Martin Aaron, Inc. (HRS Score: 50)

The Martin Aaron, Inc. site, where steel drum reconditioning occurred until 1998, is located in Camden, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Martin Aaron, Inc. site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzo[a]pyrene
  • Chloroethene (Vinyl Chloride)
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C. Puchack Well Field (HRS Score: 50)

The Puchack Well Field site, where several contaminated water wells are located, is located in Pennsauken Township, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Puchack Well Field site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Chromium
  • Benzo(b)fluoranthene
  • Dibenzo(a,h)anthracene
  • Chromium(VI)
34007

D. Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek (HRS Score: 50)

The Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek site, a former paint manufacturing facility, is located in Gibbsboro, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Sherwin-Williams/Hilliards Creek site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Benzo(b)fluoranthene
  • Benzo(k)fluoranthene
  • Benzo[a]anthracene
34007

E. United States Avenue Burn (HRS Score: 50)

The United States Avenue Burn site, where paint wastes and solvents were dumped or burned from the mid-1800s until 1977, is located in Gibbsboro, NJ.

Contaminants found at the United States Avenue Burn site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Dibenzo(a,h)anthracene
  • Indeno(1,2,3-Cd)Pyrene
  • Benzo[a]anthracene
34007

F. King of Prussia (HRS Score: 47)

The King of Prussia site, where industrial waste was treated and disposed, is located in Winslow Township, NJ.

Contaminants found at the King of Prussia site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cadmium
34007

G. Lightman Drum Company (HRS Score: 42)

The Lightman Drum Company site, where a former industrial waste hauling and drum reclamation business operated, is located in Winslow Township, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Lightman Drum Company site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Cis-1,2-Dichloroethene
34007

H. Welsbach & General Gas Mantle (Camden Radiation) (HRS Score: 41)

The Welsbach & General Gas Mantle (Camden Radiation) site, where gas mantles were manufactured, is located in Camden And Gloucester Cit, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Welsbach & General Gas Mantle (Camden Radiation) site include:

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Radium-226
  • Radon
  • Thallium
34007

I. Swope Oil & Chemical Co. (HRS Score: 36)

The Swope Oil & Chemical Co. site, where a chemical reclamation facility operated from 1965 to 1979, is located in Pennsauken Township, NJ.

Contaminants found at the Swope Oil & Chemical Co. site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium

Air Quality in the Camden, NJ Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Camden County, NJ as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Radon Levels in Camden, NJ Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

Indoor radon readings in Camden County, NJ are expected to average from 2 to 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 2.

EPA Radon Zone

According to the EPA, you should consider acting to reduce your home's radon level if it measures between 2 and 4 pCi/L, so if you're contemplating buying a home in Camden, NJ, you should have a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Camden, NJ Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Camden County, NJ water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
34007City of CamdenTetrachloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
34007City of CamdenTrichloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
34007Merchantville PennsaukenTetrachloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
34007Merchantville PennsaukenTrichloroethyleneLiver problems; increased risk of cancer 
34007Winslow Twp DmuCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
34007Winslow Twp DmuGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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