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The Chester Township Environmental Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm at the Chester Township Municipal Building. The public is welcome to attend.


EPA Proposes Enhanced Cleanup Proposal for Combe Fill South Landfill site in Chester Township, N.J.

EPA to hold public meeting on August 22, 2018

(New York, N.Y. – August 10, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to address a newly identified contaminant and enhance treatment of contamination at the Combe Fill South Landfill site located in Chester Township in N.J., an inactive municipal landfill covering 65 acres. EPA’s proposal includes expanding and enhancing the existing groundwater treatment system that is currently operating at the site in addition to excavating and removing soil and solid waste materials, which are a contributing source of contamination.

“While considerable progress has been made in the cleanup of this site, our proposal takes us a step further by addressing a source of the contamination and allowing us to get at more contamination in the deep groundwater,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “Superfund is a powerful tool that helps us address toxic legacies such as poorly run landfills while working in close coordination with state and community partners.”

Today’s plan targets the landfill’s impact on a deeper layer of groundwater that is contaminated with volatile organic compounds, including 1,4 dioxane. The current system extracts and treats mostly shallow groundwater directly under the landfill, along with a limited amount of deeper groundwater from the bedrock aquifer below the landfill. EPA is proposing improvements to this treatment system, including, the addition of deeper groundwater extraction wells to capture more contamination. In addition, EPA will make improvements to the plant in order to handle the additional groundwater and effectively treat 1,4-dioxane, a contaminant that has recently been detected at the site but not treated by the current groundwater treatment system. Further, EPA proposes to remove waste materials and soil from a small portion of the landfill that is contributing to the contamination of the deep groundwater. EPA’s cleanup proposal also includes, as an interim step, long-term monitoring of deep groundwater contamination in areas outside the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund site. EPA will issue a final plan for groundwater contamination after further evaluation of whether the cleanup has been effective.

Background

The Combe Fill South Landfill, in Morris County, NJ, served as a municipal landfill from the 1940s until 1981. Soil and groundwater at the site were contaminated by volatile organic compounds from the landfill. Combe Fill Corporation went bankrupt in 1981 and the landfill was not properly closed. The original cleanup plan for the site included capping the landfill, installing a landfill gas collection system, pumping and treating the shallow groundwater beneath the site, and installing storm water runoff controls. By 1997, these actions were successfully completed. The system to treat shallow groundwater continues to operate at the site.

Starting in the early 1990s, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began providing in-home water treatment systems to residents whose wells were potentially impacted by contamination coming from the landfill.

In 2015, EPA extended a water line to provide a permanent safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the site. With the water line extension providing a permanent safe water supply to the neighborhood around the landfill, homes and local businesses no longer needed treatment systems.

EPA will hold a public meeting on August 22, 2018 to explain the cleanup proposal and other options considered and to take public comments. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Chester Town Hall, located at 1 Parker Road, Chester, NJ. Comments will be accepted until September 11, 2018.

Written comments may be mailed or emailed to: Pamela J. Baxter, Ph.D., CHMM, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10007 or e-mail:baxter.pamela@epa.gov.

To learn more about the cleanup or to review EPA’s proposed plan, please visit:http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/combefillsouth

On the one-year anniversary of the EPA’s Superfund Task Force Report, EPA announced significant progress in carrying out the report’s recommendations. These achievements will provide certainty to communities, state partners, and developers that the nation’s most hazardous sites will be cleaned up as quickly and safely as possible.

EPA’s new “Superfund Task Force Recommendations 2018 Update” is available at:https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-task-force-recommendations-2018-update

EPA’s web page link for the COMBE site: http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/combefillsouth


As you plan for your garden, please remember to plant for the monarch butterflies!


Chester Township is a Sustainable Jersey Certified Community

Chester Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the Silver level in 2016. Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Chester Township had to complete a host of sustainability actions. Sustainable Jersey is a voluntary program that requires no fee for certification.

To get involved with Chester Township’s Green Team and sustainability initiatives, email Recycle@ChesterTownship.org

To participate in Sustainable Jersey free workshops and events held across the state, visit www.SustainableJersey.com


Watch out for the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is an Asian beetle that infests and kills Ash trees. It has been spreading throughout eastern North America. While we haven’t detected these insects in Chester yet, they have been found in nearby Somerset County. Residents are asked to be aware of this potential problem. Please click on ‘invasive plants and animals’ folder at bottom of page for detailed information.


Mobile app for reporting environmental incidents

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot mobile application enabling the public to use smartphones and other mobile devices to conveniently report non-emergency environmental incidents. The pilot WARN NJDEP mobile app complements the DEP’s telephone hotline, 877- WARNDEP, which has been in operation for many years. The app can be downloaded through Google Play, the Apple app store and the Microsoft app store. Enter WARN NJDEP in the search bar. The pilot app utilizes GPS technology for pinpoint location of environmental incidents and also allows users to submit photos as part of their reports to the DEP. Click here for more information.


Stream Clean Up

Each year the Chester Township Environmental Commission sponsors a project to commemorate Earth Day. In April of 2016, Chester Boy Scout Troop 9 participated in a clean-up of Tiger Brook, the designated project for Earth Day 2016.

On April 16, 2016  Scoutmaster Greg Burns and Assistant Troop Leader Marc Hudson directed a total of six scouts in removing hundreds of pounds of trash from the headwaters of Tiger Brook.  The Chester Township Environmental Commission, on behalf of all of our residents, congratulates all who participated. Troop 9 exemplifies the idea of thinking globally and acting locally!

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In addition, a team of volunteers from the Jersey Off-Road Bicycle Association removed over 1000 pounds of scrap metal and other debris from the West Morris Greenway Trail in Chester, along the Black River. Thanks to all of the volunteers for giving their time to help beautify Chester!


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