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News Release

 
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  July 10, 2002

 

Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan
609-984-7160



Draft Public Health Assessment Released
on Quanta Resources Corporation in Bergen County


TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have released for public comment a public health assessment on Quanta Resources Corporation, a former waste oil reclamation center in Edgewater, Bergen County.

The draft assessment concludes that there is currently no evidence that people have come or are coming in contact with contaminants from the Quanta site. This conclusion, the assessment notes, should be revisited if the site is later developed or additional data on the site, its contaminants or potential human exposure to site-related contaminants becomes available.

From 1896 to 1974, the Quanta site housed a coal tar distillation plant. Beginning in 1974, the site was used for the recycling of waste oil. The oil was stored in above ground and underground tanks that overflowed when it rained or experienced leaks and spills due to breaks in the tank system. The site was also frequently flooded by the Hudson River, resulting in contamination of the waterway.

Soil sampling at the Quanta site has revealed the presence of metals including arsenic, chromium and lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Hudson River sediment samples taken from the site contained the same contaminants, and off-site soil and sediment samples had contaminant levels similar to - and sometime higher than - those detected on the Quanta site.

The Quanta site is currently fenced and closed to the public, and portions of the property have been paved over. This has limited possible exposure by the public to contaminants on the site. The DHSS and ATSDR are recommending that environmental regulatory agencies ensure that neighboring properties are investigated and, if necessary, cleaned to protect the health of workers, residents and the general public. The agencies are also recommending environmental monitoring of off-site residences and businesses be considered to ensure that there are no completed human exposure pathways.

The public is invited to submit written comments on the draft health assessment through August 10, 2002, to: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Consumer and Environmental Health Services, P.O. Box 369, Trenton NJ 08625-0369.

Copies of the document and an accompanying citizens' guide are available for public review at the Edgewater Board of Health, 1167 River Road, Edgewater; the Edgewater Public Library, 49 Hudson Avenue; and the Bergen County Department of Health Services, 327 Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus. Copies may also be obtained by calling the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services at 609-588-3120, or by visiting the department's web site at www.state.nj.us/health.

In addition to receiving written public comment on the draft health assessment, the DHSS and ATSDR will host two public availability sessions on Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Edgewater Community Center, 1167 River Road in Edgewater, to allow individuals the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have regarding the Quanta site privately with agency staff. The sessions will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

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