Town Has Contaminated Land...
Here's How You
Might Turn an Eyesore
Into an Asset!
Jersey has a long history of industrialization that left
thousands of contaminated sites and abandoned properties
in its wake. Your town may have one, or several, such sites.
attention has focused since the 1970's on the need to
clean up contaminated land and water areas. This process,
however, is time-consuming and expensive. When there is
no one to pay for a cleanup, and no one is interested
in purchasing and redeveloping a property because of legal
or financial concerns, these eyesores can blight a community's
landscape and threaten its economy long into the future.
one way that a community - your community - might be able
to rid itself of such an economically, visually, and environmentally
Board has the responsibility for ensuring the dependable, long-term
disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated by New Jersey's
nuclear power planrs, pharmaceutical and other industries, research
labs, hospitals and universities. The Siting Board, which has
adopted a VOLUNTARY APPROACH to finding a suitable
site for the State's disposal facility, has been asked many
times IF A CONTAMINATED SITE COULD BE CONSIDERED
as the location for New Jersey's low-level radioactive waste
disposal facility. The answer is: YES, IT COULD.
no regulations that would prohibit siting a disposal facility
on contaminated land. The only proviso, according to the U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has the statutory responsibility
for licensing disposal facilities, is that STRINGENT
PERFORMANCE AND MONITORING STANDARDS established for
the facility - the same standards that apply to unspoiled land
- CANNOT BE COMPROMISED.
Jersey communities may well have parcels of land of AT
LEAST 100 ACRES, 50 of which must be located outside
a 100-year flood plain, which include (or are near) contaminated
property. If your community is willing to consider the possibility
of hosting New Jersey's disposal facility - which will be a
low-impact, light industrial operation - the Siting Board would
like to work with you to learn if such a site might be suitable
for New Jersey's disposal facility. This would include effectively
cleaning up the site, and TURNING AN EYESORE INTO AN
TYPES OF SITES MIGHT BE WORTH EXPLORING?
might be a CONTAMINATED STRUCTURE OR SITE INSIDE
A LARGELY UNDEVELOPED AREA likely in a small
town or rural community. It might be a factory or industrial
plant, long abandoned, which has fallen into disrepair.
This property has probably been up for sale for years,
with no takers. Prospective buyers are leery of inheriting
the liability for potential soil contamination.
an urban area, there might be a LARGE INDUSTRIAL
PROPERTY that can accomodate the 50-acre disposal
site and 50-acre buffer zone. Much of the land in this
property might require the cleanup of surface soils
because of some form of contamination, such as heavy
metals or petroleum products.
potential site may already have been CONTAMINATED
WITH RADIOACTIVITY. If the contaminated area
is small enough to excavate and/or treat, such a site
might have potential.
some UNPOLLUTED SITES
may be offered by a town in return for the cleanup of
other contaminated property - perhaps adjacent to the
site, perhaps across town - by the Siting Board.
course, there are technical, legal, financial and institutional
issues which would need to be addressed by both the Siting Board
and the community in evaluating contaminated property as a potential
site for New Jersey's low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
ANY SUCH PROPERTY OFFERED FOR CONSIDERATION WOULD REQUIRE
A SITE-SPECIFIC EVALUATION BY THE BOARD AND ITS CONSULTING ENGINEERS