DEP puts New Jersey disposal operations on alert
Trenton, NJ— Department
of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson ordered
Ford Motor Company and its contractors to immediately remove concrete
tainted with traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from seven
New Jersey redevelopment sites.
“In no uncertain terms,
we are holding Ford Motor Co. and its contractors fully accountable
for illegally distributing and using PCB-contaminated concrete
at these sites.” Commissioner Jackson said.
Though the DEP determined the
concrete contains very low levels of PCB contamination, use of
the material at redevelopment sites in Mercer, Middlesex and Ocean
counties has generated considerable concern among residents.
“I have put all DEP inspectors
on notice we are escalating surveillance at all New Jersey disposal
and recycling operations — including unannounced inspections.
If any violations are found, fines and penalties will be issued
without hesitation,” Commissioner Jackson said.
The commissioner’s call
to action came after municipal officials and community representatives
raised questions about the concrete trucked to seven redevelopment
sites from Ford’s now-defunct plant in Edison. Following
the shutdown and sale of the facility, Ford hired contractors
to remediate the property and prepare it for redevelopment by
demolishing and removing buildings on the site, including concrete
In February 2004, Ford contracted
with MIG Alberici Inc. of Detroit to perform the demolition. Alberici
planned to reuse the concrete from the site for roads and other
fill projects on the Ford property. In November 2004, Alberici
obtained the DEP’s approval to use the concrete after testing
for contamination and determining the material did not have detectable
However, subsequent material
sampling revealed PCB contamination ranging from undetectable
to 2 ppm.
Under the DEP’s administrative
order, Ford must submit a plan within seven days for complete
removal and proper disposal of all contaminated concrete material
transported to development sites across the state. Ford must remove
all concrete material from each site within 30 days after the
DEP approves each cleanup plan.