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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Chromium Workgroup

Thank you for visiting the NJDEP Chromium Workgroup web site. The updates on the site will include information on research studies, additional chromium related documents, presentations and public meeting announcements.

  • Characterization of Hexavalent Chromium Concentrations in Household Dust in Background Areas (July, 2009)
    Summary | Full Report

  • Development and Optimization of a Sampling and Analytical Method to Measure Hexavalent Chromium in Ambient Air (June 2009)
    Summary | Full Report

  • Evaluation of Methods for Quantifying Cr (VI) and Cr (III) in Soils and Wastes (March 2009)
    Summary | Full Report

  • Household Dust: Hudson County Chromium Exposure Route and Pathway Investigation study (December 2008)
    Summary | Full Report | Letter to Residents | Citizen's Guide

  • The Distribution of Chromium Species as a Function of Particle Size for Chromium Waste Laden Sites (November 2008)
    Summary | Full Report

  • Health Consultation - Analysis of Lung Cancer Incidence Near Chromium-Contaminated Sites in New Jersey (Jersey City, Hudson County-September 2008)
    Summary | Full Report | Citizens Guide

  • Conversion of Chromium Ore Processing Residue to Chrome Steel (December 2007)
    Full Report

  • Chromium Moratorium is Lifted(February 2007 Memorandum from DEP Commissioner Jackson)

  • Chromium Directive FAQs

  • Chromium Soil Sampling Study (August 2006 - June 2011)

  • Development of Permeable Reactive Barriers for Chromium Residue Sites in New Jersey
    Year One (August 1998) | Year Two (November 1999) | Year Three (May 2001)

  • Effect of Specific Chemical Reactions on the Transformation and the Transport of Chromium in the Soil-Water System and in Concrete Walls (August 1994)
    Full Report (August 1994) | Full Report (June 1995)

  • Environmental Fate Investigation of Chromium Contamination (Spill Research Fund) (September 1991)
    Full Report

Site Remediation Program
Hudson County Chromate Chemical Production Waste Sites
Comments or questions should be addressed to the Site Remediation Program

National Toxicology Program (NTP) report on carcinogenicity of Hexavalent Chromium

USEPA Hexavalent Chromium Information

Establishment of Chromium Workgroup -
In March 2004, scientists from the Division of Science, Research and Technology (DSRT) were charged with reviewing the current human health-based soil clean-up criteria for chromium. This was done in response to concerns voiced by the Hudson County community where most of the chrome ore processing residue waste sites are located. An internal DEP workgroup was formed and chaired by Eileen Murphy, Ph.D. (DSRT). A report was prepared in 2005 with the findings of the workgroup (see link below). This chromium webpage was created as a mechanism to keep community members and other stakeholders informed on departmental chromium reports, projects and issues. It is updated by the Division of Science and Research (formerly DSRT and Office of Science).

Historical Chromium Documents

Presentations from September 12, 2006 public meeting

Hudson County Chromium Exposure Route Pathway Investigation
Dr. Kathy Black,
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Piscataway, NJ

Study of Lung Cancer Incidence in Relation to Historic Potential for Exposure to Chromium in Jersey City - Dr. Alan Stern, Chief, Risk Assessment Section, Division of Science, Research, and Technology

Presentations from 2/15/06 public meeting.

Documents requested during meeting on 12/5/05

Division of Science and Research
Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Director

Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 292-7340