Proposed Plan for the Lower 8 Miles of the Lower Passaic River Released for Public Comment [April 2014]
This Proposed Plan (document,
describes options for cleaning up the highly contaminated sediments
of the lower 8 miles of the Lower Passaic River and identifies the preferred cleanup option. It was developed by
EPA in partnership with NJDEP, USACE, NOAA and USFWS.
The Proposed Plan was developed based on information contained in a Remedial
Investigation Report and Focused Feasibility Study, which are available for
review under the Lower 8 Mile Action page.
These and other documents are also part of the publicly-available administrative record file located
in the Newark and Elizabeth Public Libraries and at the EPA Region 2 office (addresses listed in the Proposed Plan).
EPA encourages the public to review these documents to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the river and the
Superfund activities that have been conducted on the river.
The public comment period on the cleanup options presented in the Proposed Plan closed on August 20, 2014. EPA is considering
the comments received and will address them in the Responsiveness Summary section of the Record of Decision, which will document
the final cleanup decision for the lower 8 miles.
The public comments that EPA received are available on EPA's web site, FOIAOnline.regulations.gov, at this
The majority of the comments are combined into one file named "PP Comments Combined_09 25 2014". The comments
submitted by Tierra/Maxus/Occidental and the Cooperating Parties Group were too large to be completely loaded
onto any web site, and so were handled as detailed below. If you would like to receive a complete electronic
version of all of the comments (except for the copyrighted materials discussed below), please send a request
to Alice Yeh at email@example.com.
The comments submitted by Tierra/Maxus/Occidental are in the file named "MASTER PDF - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (Electronic Version)",
except for two folders of materials referenced in the comments: 1) non-copyrighted materials, which are listed in the file
"Non-Copyrighted Reference List"; and 2) copyrighted materials, which are journal articles listed in the references at the
end of each section of comments.
The comments submitted by the Cooperating Parties Group are in the files named "CPG_FFS_Comments_Submitted_8_20_14",
"Transmittal Letter" and "List_of_Documents_for_the_Administrative_Record", except for 7 folders of materials referenced
in the text (listed in the references at the end of each section of comments).
Copyrighted materials submitted with the comments are available for review in the EPA Region 2 Superfund Records
Center at 290 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Please call the Records Center at 212-637-4308 to make an appointment.
Final Design for removal of contaminated sediment from a mudflat in the Lyndhurst section of the Passaic River [November 2013]
Dredging of the removal area began on
August 3, 2013 and was completed on October 4, 2013. Processing of the dredged material at the Clean Earth Dredge
Technologies facility in Kearny, New Jersey was completed on October 18, and all dredged sediment and associated
water was sent to approved out-of-state facilities for disposal. Mobilization for capping of the removal area began
on November 5, and all site activities are expected to be complete by early 2014. All work is being overseen by
EPA and its contractor. Below are links to the complete final design for the removal action, which is dated July 31, 2013.
Note that this design has been approved by EPA except for Appendix J, which relates to the long-term operations and
maintenance of the cap after it is in place. Appendix J will be posted when it is approved.
If you have any questions about this portion of the work, please contact Stephanie Vaughn, EPA project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. In addition, please see the previous Project
News update on this subject for more details of the work.
Removal Action Draft Final Design Report, Lower Passaic River Study Area
Appendix A Concentration Data
Appendix B Geotech Data
Appendix C Calculations
Appendix D Design Drawings
Appendix E Specs
Appendix F Project HASP
Appendix G Community HSP
Appendix H Bench-Scale Report
Appendix I Construction QC
K Project Schedule
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