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Paterson City - Compliance and Enforcement Sweep
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- What impact has the Sweep in Paterson had on my family and my community?
- What are Certificates of Inspection?
- Several gasoline pumps were shutdown as a result of a DEP inspection? Why and should I be concerned?
- What is the best way to contact DEP if I see a waste or a company's product being discharged to the ground or into the water?
- Stores in my neighborhood sold a product called "Insecticide Chalk", also known as "Miraculous Chalk" or "Chinese Chalk". DEP told them to stop selling it. Why?
- Does DEP plan to release more information about the businesses that were inspected and the violations found?
- Does DEP plan to conduct more Compliance and Enforcement sweeps in New Jersey?

What impact has the DEP's Compliance and Enforcement Sweep in Paterson had on my family and my community?

The DEP's Compliance and Enforcement Sweep provides your family and community with the assurance that the State of New Jersey cares about the health and well being of its citizens. These inspections resulted in improved environmental compliance and a greater understanding of environmental obligations from Paterson's industrial facilities. This means that industry knows what their environmental responsibilities are, so that the future of Paterson remains safe, healthy and prosporous for its businesses and its people.

DEP found that companies have improved housekeeping at their facilities, removed stored hazardous waste, obtained air pollution permits and have increased their awareness of their facilities impact on the environment. As a result, air and water quality is enhanced. Additionally, illegal fill removed from the flood way of the Passaic River will improve the flood storage capacity of the river and it will be that much less prone to flooding.

What are Certificates of Inspection?

Certificates of Inspection were issued by NJDEP, Passaic County Health Department and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission to 227 businesses. These businesses demonstrated a willingness to cooperate with the inspection process and showed a committment to being in compliance. More ...

Several gasoline pumps were shutdown as a result of a DEP inspection? Why were they shutdown and should I be concerned about a potential health impact?

The New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC 7:14B-1 et seq.) that regulates the operation of Underground Storage Tank (UST) systems prohibits a person or business from introducing gasoline (or other hazardous substances) into an UST system that is not properly registered, or is known or suspected to be leaking or discharging gasoline (or other hazardous substances).

An UST system is comprised of the tank, all lines to and from the tank, the product dispenser (pump) and any containment system.

When NJDEP inspectors find either of those two situations, the Department will effect a delivery ban for each UST system determined to meet those criteria. That means that no further deliveries can be made to the UST system(s) in question until the tank is properly registered, or until the known/suspected leak/discharge is investigated and remedied if indeed the UST system was leaking/discharging.

In the case of a known or suspected leak/discharge, the owner/operator must perform an immediate investigation to determine if a release has occurred. If a release is confirmed the source and extent of the release must be determined in order to craft a cleanup plan. It is during that phase, when the source and extent of a release is determined, when the potential for human impacts will be determined. In an urban setting such as the City of Paterson, the primary concern is the movement of fuel vapors into subsurface structures such as basements, sewers and other utility structures. This situation poses a clear safety concern and could have a detrimental effect on one’s health if unabated.

What is the best way to contact DEP if I see a waste or a company's product being discharged to the ground or into the water?

The best way to notify the department of a potential environmental concern is to call the DEP Hotline, 1-877-927-6337. Call the DEP toll-free telephone hotline number to report environmental incidents, abuses, and complaints in New Jersey or impacting it. The 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) number can be used in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware calling areas.

Stores in my neighborhood sold a product called "Insecticide Chalk", also known as "Miraculous Chalk" or "Chinese Chalk". DEP told them to stop selling it. Why? What other products are available that are safe to use?

In
secticide Chalk is not registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency and does not contain the proper use directions and safety precautions and other required information on the label.
US EPA Web Site IIlegal Pesticide Products - Why you shouldn't use them!
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Call an RCE office in your area to get help choosing alternative pesticide products.

Does DEP plan to release more information about the businesses that were inspected and the violations found?

Information gathered during the Paterson Sweep initiative is entered into the department's database, New Jersey Environmental Management System (NJEMS). Details about the inspections completed, the enforcement actions issued, and violations found are recorded in NJEMS and are accessible on the DEP Online Data Reports Web Page. When prompted, enter the id 'dep'. No password is needed. The reports are listed in the Compliance and Enforcement / Initiatives / 2003 Paterson Sweep section.

Does DEP plan to conduct more Compliance and Enforcement sweeps in New Jersey?

The Paterson Sweep was one of several new approaches undertaken recently, each building upon lessons of the previous efforts. The positive results of the Paterson Sweep seem to argue for more similar efforts but decisions about how to expend limited resources will be made carefully and deliberately. The decision of what to do next and how to do it will be made with careful consideration of much improved data collection as well as with feedback from all the stakeholders. The decision will also have to account for the need to balance localized successes with the vast responsibilities the Department must manage throughout the state of New Jersey.

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Last Updated: January 5, 2004

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