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May 25, 2004

Contact: Fred Mumford
(609) 984-1795

DEP Announces Web Site on Scientific Review of Chromium Cleanup Criteria
State Requests Submission from Public to Assist Process

(04/57) Trenton -- Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Deputy Commissioner Joanna D. Samson today announced the availability of a Web site containing information on the Department's review of New Jersey's cleanup criteria for chromium contamination. A chromium workgroup comprised of DEP scientists is requesting information from the public to support its review process.

In March 2004, Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell charged DEP's Division of Science, Research and Technology to convene a workgroup to review the application of the current chromium cleanup criteria. The workgroup will prepare a report for the DEP commissioner outlining recommendations concerning the cleanup criteria used at sites with chromium ore residue.

The main workgroup formed four subgroups to address: 1) analytical chemistry; 2) environmental chemistry; 3) risk assessment; and, 4) air and dust transport. The subgroups will meet through the summer. The public is encouraged to submit relevant documents for review by e-mailing the information to chromium@dep.state.nj.us by June 18, 2004. A final report is expected to be released by mid-October 2004.

To date, DEP identified 183 sites in Hudson and Essex counties with chromium ore residue, which include 63 cleaned up sites.

The web site address is http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/chromium.

 

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