Sunday, July 23, 2006

Homes On Superfund Sites

From the Star Ledger:

Superfund site and watershed a volatile mix

Two local companies have proposed building 208 townhouses and six multi-purpose recreational fields on the former Rolling Knolls landfill, next to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham Township.

The plan does not contain the exact remedy for cleaning up the 187-acre Superfund site, which records show contains household refuse, scrap metal, tires and industrial waste.

But would-be developer John Fetterly, of Environmental Risk Solutions, said he would likely follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, excavating and relocating the waste, then capping it.
Fetterly and his business partner, Andrew Mulvihill of Crystal Springs Builders in Hardyston, submitted the project to Chatham Township for a preliminary concept review on Tuesday, said Township Administrator Thomas Ciccarone. Ciccarone stressed that no application has been filed.
The site, which was used as a municipal landfill from the early 1930s until 1968, was added to the federal Superfund National Priorities List in 2003.


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