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Remediation of Former BASF Site in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken after Sunset

For more information about BASF’s work in the City of Hoboken, please contact:
Ed Vanyo
BASF Remediation Project Manager


BASF has completed the excavation work at 13th Street between Adams Street and Madison Street. This work is connected to the environmental clean-up of BASF’s former manufacturing site adjacent to 13th Street, which was completed in 2016. The company repaired the road and sidewalks to the City of Hoboken’s specifications, and replaced four trees at the request of the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission.

13th Street Remediation Frequently Asked Questions

This project is related to remediation work at BASF’s former property, which was completed in 2016, and is adjacent to both sides of 13th Street. When BASF sampled the soil in the street, the results indicated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) between not detected and 420 parts per million (ppm). As a result, BASF proposed remediating the soil to 25 ppm which meets USEPA’s criteria for “low occupancy” use. Low occupancy is generally defined as an area where individuals spend less than an average of 6.7 hours per week, which is appropriate for a street. Both the USEPA and the NJDEP approved BASF’s remediation plan.

Both the USEPA and NJDEP approved BASF’s multi-step plan to protect human health and the environment during this project. This includes:

  • Access to the excavation area and nearby vicinity is restricted through fencing, physical barriers, signage, police presence, and off-hours and weekend security, among other measures. These restrictions are detailed in our traffic management plan and related permit applications which have been approved by the City of Hoboken.
  • Soil erosion and sediment control measures are being implemented to prevent potentially contaminated stormwater from leaving the work area or entering storm-water catch basins.
  • Although it is unlikely that the excavated soil will be dry, any dust will be controlled through wetting of the work area, as needed.
  • To the extent possible, excavated soils will be directly loaded into trucks for prompt transport to a disposal facility. Any soil that is stockpiled will be placed on and covered by plastic, with any drained water being deflected to the excavation.
  • In the event of an unusually large storm, excavated areas will be lined and backfilled with gravel to avoid the potential for the excavation to fill with stormwater and overflow.

As we have in the past, we continue to work closely with the City of Hoboken. We have supplied the city with all the required data, reports, permit applications and other documents to ensure that this project is completed safely, quickly and efficiently. We also hosted an information sharing event with residents at Wallace Street Elementary School on October 1, 2018.

We did notify the child care facility. The human health and environmental measures outlined above are designed for both adults and children. Although not needed, the child care facility may choose to alter its normal walking routes to avoid the construction as it did during the remediation of the former manufacturing site.

The project was completed on November 9.

Once the excavation work is complete, we will replace the concrete sidewalk to the North and the section of asphalt street to the specifications outlined by the City of Hoboken.

After discussions with the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission, we removed three existing trees and will replace them and add one new tree in the Spring when the conditions are more supportive for growth.

As part of our agreement with the NJDEP, we will continue to monitor groundwater on the street for the next 30 years, which is a typical length of time for NJDEP agreements.

Previously, BASF and its consultants removed more than 8,000 tons of concrete slabs and foundations from the former BASF site. We also excavated more than 4,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated soil and disposed of it in a permitted and secure offsite landfill. We then filled the site with certified clean fill and capped it with six inches of asphalt. This activity occurred over approximately three months and without a single injury or exposure incident

Genearal Frequently Asked Questions

In 2016, the City of Hoboken purchased the site for $30 million from BASF. The City is moving forward with plans to create the largest community park in Hoboken.

Beginning in 1925, the property was used for commercial and industrial purposes under various owners. Manufacturing was a primary function beginning in 1957, first to provide chemicals for the textile industry and later to produce detergents, surfactants, polymers and personal care products. All manufacturing stopped in 2005 when the site closed.

BASF assumed responsibility for site activities when BASF acquired Cognis Corporation, the previous site owner, in 2011.

Historically, a great deal of contaminated fill was used throughout Hoboken in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In addition, there was some contamination because of the manufacturing operations over the years.