The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's $725,000 fine for 60 chemical storage and transport violations by DuPont Co.'s Chambers Works near Pennsville, a former military munitions plant that is now part manufacturing site (refrigerants, lubricants, elastics) and part waste-chemical storage and treatment site, marks the second time this fall the Wilmington chemical giant has been slapped for putting the Delaware River at risk of chemical pollution.
The Chambers report, for violations of state land, air and water pollution law since DuPont was fined $100,000 for violations in 2006, makes arresting reading.

In a summary statement, DEP wrote up Dupont for "failing to properly mark drums of hazardous substances; failing to perform required inspections, failure to comply with time frames for shipping hazardous waste off-site;" failure to properly manage landfill leachate; "mishandling of drums, resulting in discharges of hazardous materials, including sulfuric acid; shipping drums contain hazardous waste residues of benzyl chloride to be recycled without a shipping manifest; failing to properly maintain (waterproof) surfaces at a container storage area; failing to provide a containment system at the rail-car area..."
Also: "Storing excessive hazardous waste sediments... without obtaining permits or inspecting the tank; discharging 47 pounds of hazardous mixed phenylenediamines into the air due to a gasket failure; failing to determine whether solid waste being handled or in equipment was hazardous..." Read the DEP summary and find a link to more detailed lists of violations here.
How bad is this really? As with the Edge Moor violations, DuPont "self-reported" the violations to the state, spokesman Rick Straitman told me. "Many of the infractions involved recordkeeping, labeling and other administrative functions related to the handling and treatment of wastewater. Others concerned minor leaks and spills, again mostly related to wastewater treatment operations. None of the violations posed a threat to people or the environment, on or off-site."