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50K Cubic Yards of Bound Brook's Contamined Dirt is Now at Home in Woodbridge

The Department of Environmental Protection announced it has finished moving thousands of cubic yards of contaminated fill to Woodbridge - "in a victory for Bound Brook" residents.


In good news for residents of Bound Brook, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) stated Thursday that they've finished trucking thousands of cubic yards of soil laced with carcinogens out of Bound Brook last month. The contaminated dirt has found a new home at a Superfund site in the Keasbey section of Woodbridge.

The soil, which contains low levels of benzo(a)pyrene, a highly carcinogenic hydrocarbon found in coal tar, was illegally dumped by a contractor in a Bound Brook flood zone. After years of lawsuits, the soil was ordered to be moved, which has been counted as a victory for Bound Brook.

State officials proudly proclaimed their triumph in a statement released yesterday.

"This is an important victory for the residents of Bound Brook,” said NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “Our message remains simple and clear: huge piles of illegally placed dirt such as those in Bound Brook are not going to be tolerated.”

"This was an important environmental, legal and quality-of-life matter, and we're glad to have had a role in resolving it on behalf of the residents of Bound Brook,” added Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. “We remain committed to working with DEP – and to taking legal action wherever necessary – in order to  protect New Jersey communities from environmental dangers."

Officials have called the dumping of the contaminated dirt in Keasbey - located downriver from Bound Brook - to be "a good fit." No explanation has been given why moving contaminated dirt onto an already-contaminated site located on the very same river isn't dangerous for the water, the wetlands, or people in Woodbridge.

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, has been vehemently opposed to dumping the dirt in Woodbridge.

"The piles in Bound Brook were in areas that flood with the potential for contaminated dirt to get into people’s homes and basement. However piling this contamination Woodbridge and other sites in Edison is just making things worse in those communities," he said in a statement.

The trucking of the contaminated soil started last March. Initially, 40,000 cubic yards of the dirt was to be moved and used as grading material; that number increased 25 percent to 50,000 cubic yards when the removal project was completed in December, 2012.

The dirt now rests on 120 already-contaminated acres of the former Nuodex site that Mayor John McCormac wants to turn into an idyllic Raritan River retreat for township residents.

Hiking, trails, and boardwalks will exist cheek-by-jowl with 50 acres of the park being used for "business development," McCormac had said at a previous press conference. Another 25 to 40 acres of the site will also be dedicated to a 700 megawatt natural gas power plant with 250 foot high stacks. 

The gas plant will be highly subsidized, and is expected to cost taxpayers and ratepayers millions of dollars.

"We have always been opposed to the DEP policy of putting contaminated in soil putting onto existing contaminated areas which just makes matters worse. We have seen problems with that policy in places like the EnCap in the Meadowlands or Fennimore Landfill in Roxbury," said Tittel, who criticized the Christie Administration for weakening the DEP and turning what he said were formerly environmental violators into "customers".

"This should have been removed and taken to a hazardous landfill, not being put under new developments in other towns."

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slyfox1961 January 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM
The difference between the Bound Brook site and the Keasbey site, which is not being explained in the article, is that at the Keasbey site the soil is being properly contained and capped, as per EPA regulations and oversight. In the Bound Brook situation, it was illegally and improperly duimped. Contaminated soil, when properly managed, is not an issue. The entire site is being maintained and managed with EPA oversight and appoval, and will be transformed into a viable and usable area. Kudos to Woodbridge for the effort.
Katy Lake January 11, 2013 at 01:16 PM
So why didn't they contain it, "properly manage it", and cap it in Bound Brook? Yeah, "kudos" to Woodbridge for being the county toxic waste dump!
slyfox1961 January 11, 2013 at 03:13 PM
@katy lake: Duh! Because the site needs to be prepared BEFORE the soil is deposited.
Katy Lake January 11, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Right....and Woodbridge is ALWAYS prepared to take someone else's toxic waste. The head of the Sierra Club says you don't move toxic waste to another site, you put it in a hazardous waste landfill. Is that what the Woodbridge Waterfront Park is? A toxic dump that was "prepared" to take this cancer causing dirt? Between the gas power plant and the toxic waste, it's JUST the kind of place I'd like my family to spend time in! Just be honest, Slyfox. Bound Brook is as pure as the driven snow, and Woodbridge is a chithole you can dump anything in (for the right price. By the way, did Woodbridge get paid to take this crap no one else wanted? Sounds like the pot shop!)
Irina January 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Another crappy move by the Woodbridge mayor. Now Woodbridge has all this contaminated soil. Hope the residents are happy with Mac's decision. REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE FOLKS!!!!! MAC NEEDS TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR.
Jean D January 11, 2013 at 06:36 PM
slyfox... Can you explain why putting contaminated soil under a "indyllic Raritan River retreat" where Woodbridge residents are expected to hike and play is a good thing???!!!! Sounds like Woodbridge gets the raw end of the stick!!
slyfox1961 January 11, 2013 at 07:05 PM
@jean d: perhaps the EPA should have consulted with you and Katy lake, as you two seem to be experts in the "not in my back yard" syndrome. Katy Lake doesn't even want the power plant, yet I don't hear of her giving up her electric conveniences! I am sure that there was some benefit, financially or otherwise, for the EPA and the town to authorize this. Soil listed as "contaminated" often times is not as bad as it sounds. Soil in your vegatable garden would fail tests, and be listed as "contaminated" from the fertilizers and insecticides that homeowners apply. The media and environmental groups tend to sensationalize these type of things.
Irina January 11, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I've had this suspicion for some time.....Slyfox1961 IS Mayor MacCormick. Look at all his posts and YOU decide.
Tamara Winfrey January 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Everyone remember this when you go to vote and you have to wear a continuous drip of oxycontin because the mayor gave you cancer. I sure hope they get those corner pot stores in quickly, because pretty soon we're all gonna need a little something for the pain-- or at least the smell of toxic sludge and PIG POLITICIANS who want to kill us!
Irina January 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Want a GOOD LAUGH.... http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml This is your property tax per $100.00 assessed value for 2012: Woodbridge $9.114 Plainsboro Twp $2.390 Old Bridge Twp $4.370 Helmetta $2.713 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Democratic Controlled Bay Head Boro $0.729 Brick Twp $1.862 Jackson $1.968 Toms River $1.538 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Republican Controlled Check it out the 2012 rates have just been released...Ask Mac why a town like Woodbridge which has many MANY tax ratables (way more then some of the Ocean Cty towns mentioned) has one of the HIGHEST property tax rate in the state. Only FOOLS would vote mac and his possee of DemocRATs back in.
mrszzano January 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM
WOW! Thanks, Bound Brook! You shouldn't have.....no, really you shouldn't have!
slyfox1961 January 12, 2013 at 12:51 AM
@ I have spoken: if you understood how your taxes worked before you posted, you would know that every town has a different way of assesment. Some towns use actual value of the homes, Woodbridge and other towns use a multiplier factor. The average home in Woodbridge is assessed at 75k, which is why it appears higher.
Irina January 12, 2013 at 03:03 AM
slyfox1961.....WRONG! I can read a tax bill and something doesn't seem kosher in Woodbridge. Especially since Woodbridge has more tax ratables then most towns in NJ. Too many things are happening with the money coming in. Don't defend the mayor and his cohorts. $75K, no way!!! that number is false. People please read the link I posted and see the truth...It will WAKE YOU UP!!!
slyfox1961 January 12, 2013 at 03:56 AM
@I have spoken: Do some research on learning to read your tax bill, and how the township assesses your property so you don't continue to appear foolish.
Irina January 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM
@slyfox1961 Mytbe YOU should learn to read a property tax bill before you reply and defend the corruption in Woodbridge. Besides my normal job I do home appraisals...So I know EXACTLY what I am reading and I understand perfectly. The site I posted is from NJ directly. Maybe NJ is lying...I doubt it. http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml People should be reading up EXACTLY what your being charged and ask your elected officials WHY. Never fails Slyfox (Mac) you always seem to defend that self-serving official (YOU). In Woodbridge it's $9.114 for 2012, what will it be in 5 years? WAKE VOTERS....MAC IS KILLING YOU ALL IN PROPERTY TAXES
Moving outta here fast! January 12, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Mac is killing Woodbridge. Wonder how much $$$ Mac got for this??
Irina January 12, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Everyone forward that link in my post to all your friends, ememies, neighbors, coworkers, the pizza man...Anyone. It's data I'm sure all people would love to see. To be fair you can't blame all this mess on Mac. Mr.Gay Man (for life of me I can't remember his name, sad way to recall someone) helped makes the taxes the mess they are.
Tamara Winfrey January 13, 2013 at 02:40 AM
We'll need a ribbon campaign for Woodbridge cancer sufferers. The ribbon should be from a picture of dirt & garbage, and it will be pinned in place with a mini Rx bottle. We've got to think ahead!
Irina January 13, 2013 at 03:32 AM
What about a picture of skull and cross bones....But the skull is a picture of Mac!
Tamara Winfrey January 13, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Yeah we could put Mac in a pirate hat or give him an eyepatch!
slyfox1961 January 13, 2013 at 05:59 PM
@I have spoken: Soyou do home appraisals, so what? ou still don't know how to read your tax bill or understand what the word ASSESMENT means. The stats you posted are PER 100 DOLLARS of ASSESSED value. Let me explain it to you slowly so you can understand: the average home in Woodbrisdge is assesed at 75k and uses a multiplier factor of .25 (this year) to determine what the actual sale value may be (based on comparison analysis they do every year) to 300k. The assesment, and your taxes, are based on the assesment, which the average is 75k. MIne happens to be 96,500, which divided by by .25 would be a market value of 386k. Every town uses a different form of assesment, so you CAN'T compare the stats from one town to another becasue they don't use the same means of assesment. Some use the actual market value as the assesment, some don't. It is apples to oranges.
nuvo January 13, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Mr. I Have Spoken, what's not kosher in Woodbridge is the many 30-year tax abatements Mac and (started with McGreevey) have given to the most profitable businesses and best properties in town. Like the Woodbridge Renaissance Hotel, and the Kona Grill. 2 separate 30-yr tax abatements. Bet Bud's Hut down the road would like no property taxes and no school taxes for 30 years.
Irina January 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM
@nuvo It looks like you Mayor and former Mayor sold all the taxpayers out. Nothing like being SCREWED.... You know what's real funny....He'll probably get voted in again.
Irina January 15, 2013 at 01:48 AM
slyfox1961.....WRONG AGAIN Your not worth my time trying to explain to you the real numbers since of course your little pea brain will not understand. Mac sheep like you will always follow the dictator. http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml
slyfox1961 January 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
@I have spoken: I am wrong again? YOU are the one who is continuing to make a fool of yourself. The website you are pointing us to proves my point, as it gives the multiplier factor for each town that is used to transpose the assesment to the market value. I am done wasting my time with you, as this topic is obviously well beyond your intellectual capacity to grasp.
byobsl January 15, 2013 at 01:05 PM
to "I have spoken" - slyfox is correct, if you read the very first page of the website you told us to check out, it explains exactly what slyfox is trying to inform you about.
byobsl January 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
to "I have spoken" - do you seriously think the mayor bothers to post in forums? You need to get out of the house more! LOL

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