Project Description

 

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT

MORRIS CANAL REDEVELOPMENT AREA
Jersey City, NJ

 

 

 

CLIENT
Jersey City Redevelopment Agency
30 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, 07302

CONTACT
Mary Pat Noonan
(201) 547-4853

PHEnv completed a Preliminary Assessment (PA), conducted in accordance with the NJDEP Technical Requirements for Site Remediation, of an 18.5 acre section of Jersey City slated for redevelopment and consisting of 101 properties. The remediation of this Brownfields initiative project is partially funded under a USEPA Brownfields Assessment Pilot Grant.

As the first step in the overall redevelopment process, the Preliminary Assessment Report (PAR) evaluated historic and present uses of the area; identified potential environmental troublespots such as leaking USTs/ASTs, spills and discharges, and generators of hazardous materials; and evaluated previously conducted or on-going remedial investigations. This information, gleaned through records search, computer inventory of local, State and Federal databases, interviews, historic map and aerial photo interpretation, and site reconnaissance, was used to determine the potential for site contamination and identify potential areas of concern (AOCs) where additional study may be warranted.

The assessment focused on evidence of unreported environmental incidents such as spills and discharges, poor industrial housekeeping practices, and the presence of stained soils or visibly impaired vegetation. For many of the commercial/industrial properties, the survey focused on identification of process materials, finished products, and the fate of the waste stream. Typical industrial issues relate to the stockpiling of inappropriate quantities and mixes of chemicals, accumulated waste piles, poorly maintained logs and manifests documenting the removal of hazardous materials, improper disposal of waste stream products, and unreported spills.

As a result of PHEnv's performance and findings, we were selected to perform a Site Investigation (SI) of several of the properties in accordance with the NJDEP Technical Requirements for Site Remediation. The investigation consisted of Ground Penetrating Radar surveys and soil borings with soil and groundwater analyses.