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.
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
Pre-final Design for removal of contaminated sediment
from a mudflat in the Lyndhurst section of the Passaic River now available
On June 18, 2012, EPA signed an agreement with 70 companies considered
potentially responsible parties to remove contaminated sediment from a
mudflat adjacent to Riverside Park in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
This area was discovered during the investigation of the Lower Passaic
River Study Area, a 17-mile stretch of the Passaic from Newark Bay to
Dundee Dam, and is being conducted prior to the selection of a final
remedy for the entire study area. A preliminary design was submitted
in August 2012 and has been revised to incorporate comments received
from EPA, partner agencies, and other interested parties.
The current pre-final design includes the removal of approximately 18,000
cubic yards of material from the river, followed by capping of the dredged
area, and monitoring to assure the effectiveness of the action until a final
remedy for the river is selected and implemented. Dredging is currently
planned to start in Summer 2013. Note that testing of soil in the park was
conducted in 2011 and contamination was not discovered at levels of concern.
All material to be removed as part of this action is located in the river.
Removal Action Pre-Final Design Report, Lower Passaic River Study Area
Appendix A Data
Appendix A Figures
Appendix C Dredge Drawings
Appendix D Tech Specs
Appendix F HSP
Appendix G Community HSP Outline
Appendix H Sediment Washing Report
Appendix J Construction QC Plan
Appendix K Cap LTM Plan
Appendix L Schedule
Seventy Companies Reach Agreement with EPA to Remove Highly Contaminated Mud from a Section of the Lower Passaic River
The EPA announced on June 18, 2012 that it has reached agreement with 70
companies considered potentially responsible for contamination of the lower
Passaic River to remove approximately 16,000 cubic yards of highly contaminated
sediment from a half-mile long area of the Passaic River in Lyndhurst, New Jersey
at their expense. Please click here
to see the press release.
A copy of the agreement can be found here:
Recreational Fields Sampling Results: Lyndhurst and North Arlington, NJ [March 2013]:
Following Hurricane Sandy, EPA collected soil samples in recreational fields in Lyndhurst and North Arlington,
New Jersey to look into whether dioxins, PCBs and mercury may have been carried into the parks during flooding from that storm.
The results showed that the measured concentrations of dioxins, PCBs and mercury present in soil were well below levels of concern.
EPA had previously collected samples of surface soil in these parks in late 2011 and early 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane
Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, and those earlier results also showed that the measured concentrations of dioxin,
PCBs and mercury were below levels of health concern. Based on its analysis, EPA does not plan on further sampling of recreational areas in
this area and deems that cleanup actions on soil in the parks are not warranted. Further, this is the third round of post-storm event sampling
conducted in this area and similar results have been found during each round.
The sampling report is available upon request (see “Contact Us” page for EPA contact information).