The next Passaic River Community Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for
Thursday March 13 at St. James Church at 6:00 PM. There is no additional
information on a release date for the Proposed Plan. If it is released in
the coming days, we will work with EPA to have a presentation at the
March 13th CAG meeting. If the Proposed Plan is not released in that timeframe,
then the CAG will meet in a working session to discuss work related to outreach
and communication and technical activities for the TASC and TAG support contracts.
All CAG members are asked to please attend. It is an open meeting,
however there will be no formal presentations or new information
provided for the public at large.
Presentations and other materials from each meeting are posted in the
Digital Library under “Public Outreach Documents”.
Please contact David Kluesner with questions at 212-637-3653 or
Fish and Shellfish Advisories
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Region de la Bahia de Newark
Exposure to low levels of some contaminants
in the environment may have long lasting health
effects on people. Mercury, PCBs and dioxins are
among the major contaminants found in some New
Jersey fish in portions of the state. These
contaminants can be especially harmful to women
of childbearing age, pregnant women and nursing
mothers. Children are also at risk of
developmental and neurological problems if
exposed to these chemicals..
The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (NJDEP) and Department of Health and
Senior Services (NJDHSS) provide advice on
consuming those species of fish in which high
levels of dioxin, PCBs and mercury have been
Click here for the NJDHSS Woman's Guide to
Eating Fish and Seafood.
Final Design for removal of contaminated sediment from a mudflat in the Lyndhurst section of the Passaic River [November 2013]
Dredging of the removal area began on
August 3, 2013 and was completed on October 4, 2013. Processing of the dredged material at the Clean Earth Dredge
Technologies facility in Kearny, New Jersey was completed on October 18, and all dredged sediment and associated
water was sent to approved out-of-state facilities for disposal. Mobilization for capping of the removal area began
on November 5, and all site activities are expected to be complete by early 2014. All work is being overseen by
EPA and its contractor. Below are links to the complete final design for the removal action, which is dated July 31, 2013.
Note that this design has been approved by EPA except for Appendix J, which relates to the long-term operations and
maintenance of the cap after it is in place. Appendix J will be posted when it is approved.
If you have any questions about this portion of the work, please contact Stephanie Vaughn, EPA project manager, at email@example.com
. In addition, please see the previous Project
News update on this subject for more details of the work.
Removal Action Draft Final Design Report, Lower Passaic River Study Area
Appendix A Concentration Data
Appendix B Geotech Data
Appendix C Calculations
Appendix D Design Drawings
Appendix E Specs
Appendix F Project HASP
Appendix G Community HSP
Appendix H Bench-Scale Report
Appendix I Construction QC
K Project Schedule
Recreational Fields Sampling Results: Lyndhurst and North Arlington, NJ [March 2013]:
Following Hurricane Sandy, EPA collected soil samples in recreational fields in Lyndhurst and North Arlington,
New Jersey to look into whether dioxins, PCBs and mercury may have been carried into the parks during flooding from that storm.
The results showed that the measured concentrations of dioxins, PCBs and mercury present in soil were well below levels of concern.
EPA had previously collected samples of surface soil in these parks in late 2011 and early 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane
Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, and those earlier results also showed that the measured concentrations of dioxin,
PCBs and mercury were below levels of health concern. Based on its analysis, EPA does not plan on further sampling of recreational areas in
this area and deems that cleanup actions on soil in the parks are not warranted. Further, this is the third round of post-storm event sampling
conducted in this area and similar results have been found during each round. The sampling
report is posted on the Agency’s Diamond Alkali web site at http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/diamondalkali/pdf/soilsamp_report.pdf
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