The next Passaic River Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting will be on September 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM at St.
James Church (142 Jefferson Street) in Newark, NJ. Materials from past meetings are posted in the Digital
Library, under “Public Outreach Documents”, “Public Outreach\Community Advisory Group”.
Please contact David Kluesner with questions at 212-637-3653 or
Fish and Shellfish Advisories
Alerto de Cangrejos de Tenazas Azules en la
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.
Why we are here...
Proposed Plan for the Lower 8 Miles of the Lower Passaic River Released for Public Comment [April 2014]
This Proposed Plan (document,
describes options for cleaning up the highly contaminated sediments
of the lower 8 miles of the Lower Passaic River and identifies the preferred cleanup option. It was developed by
EPA in partnership with NJDEP, USACE, NOAA and USFWS.
The Proposed Plan was developed based on information contained in a Remedial
Investigation Report and Focused Feasibility Study, which are available for
review under the Lower 8 Mile Action page.
These and other documents are also part of the publicly-available administrative record file located
in the Newark and Elizabeth Public Libraries and at the EPA Region 2 office (addresses listed in the Proposed Plan).
EPA encourages the public to review these documents to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the river and the
Superfund activities that have been conducted on the river.
The public comment period on the cleanup options presented in the Proposed Plan closed on August 20, 2014. EPA is considering
the comments received and will address them in the Responsiveness Summary section of the Record of Decision, which will document
the final cleanup decision for the lower 8 miles.
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
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