The Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corporation (SMC) is conducting remedial activities to address low-level radioactive materials contained within SMC’s Newfield Facility located at 35 South West Boulevard in Newfield, New Jersey. SMC is committed to implementing the safest and most environmentally responsible remediation of these radioactive materials, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has approved SMC’s plan to decommission and remediate the Facility. We will post updates on this website regarding the status of the project, and other information that we hope will assist interested parties in understanding the project and its scope, nature, and progress.
The SMC Newfield Facility is located at 35 South West Boulevard, primarily in the Borough of Newfield, Gloucester County, New Jersey. A small portion of the southwest corner of the SMC Newfield Facility is located in the City of Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey. Franklin Township surrounds the Newfield Borough boundary in Gloucester County. The SMC facility is bounded to the north by a former rail spur; to the west by Conrail rail lines and by West Boulevard and its homes and businesses; to the east by a wooded area, residences and small businesses; and to the south by the Hudson Branch, its associated wetlands/headwaters, and an unnamed pond. Residences are located along Weymouth Road, south of the Hudson Branch.
Specialty glass manufacturing began at the Facility in 1924. SMC purchased the Facility in the early 1950s and, from 1955 to approximately June 2006, SMC manufactured specialty steel and super alloy additives, primary aluminum master alloys, metal carbides, powdered metals and optical surfacing products. Raw materials used at the facility included naturally occurring ores which contained oxides of columbium (niobium), vanadium, aluminum metal, titanium metal, strontium metal, zirconium metal, and fluoride (titanium and boron) salts. One of the raw materials received, used and stored by SMC at the Facility contained naturally-occurring radioactivity and was therefore regulated by federal law. This material, called pyrochlore, is a concentrated columbium (niobium)-bearing ore. Pyrochlore contains greater than 0.05% of natural uranium and natural thorium.
Because metallurgical operations have permanently ceased at the Facility, SMC must decommission it and remediate the residual radioactive material present thereon. SMC has worked diligently with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to develop a Decommissioning Plan that safely and responsibly addresses residual radioactive material. On January 9, 2017, the NJDEP, which now has primary authority over the Newfield Facility, approved SMC’s Decommissioning Plan.
As more fully described in the Planned Activities Section, the Decommissioning Plan outlines the process for removing radioactive materials from the Facility for off-site disposal outside of the State of New Jersey. In general, the decommissioning of the SMC facility will involve construction of transit routes for waste removal via rail and/or truck, excavation and off-site disposal of radioactive materials, implementation of site restoration activities, confirmation of the removal of radioactive materials, and protection of any remaining radioactivity through institutional and engineering controls.