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ONRR 2003 Settlement / Restoration Report

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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Natural Resource Restoration
2003 Settlement / Restoration Report

Listed below are all the settled hazardous and petroleum discharge cases that ONRR has settled from the inception of the program in 1993, through the fourth quarter of 2003. The primary mission of the Office of Natural Resource Restoration is to provide for the assessment and restoration of New Jersey’s natural resources that have been injured by the release of oil and hazardous substances. Restoration projects must have a demonstrable link to injuries caused by specific releases.

In its 10 years, the Office of Natural Resource Restoration (ONRR) has settled oil spill cases and hazardous waste site cases that totaled over $42,000,000 in damages (settlements are final but not yet executed for approximately $22 million). Working with municipalities, counties, other state and federal agencies, and non-government organization’s, ONRR has applied approximately $17 million in settlement monies to restore the public’s resources injured by oil spills and hazardous waste sites. As of November 30, 2003 ONRR has acquired and performed restoration on approximately 1,910 acres of aquifer recharge area, wetlands, and valuable wildlife habitat and set them aside as public open space. By acquiring open space, the State’s ground water resources are being improved and preserved for the future. In addition to the above settled cases, the ONRR has approximately 100 active cases in various stages of assessment or negotiations.

ONRR has done more than restore, preserve and provide open space as aquifer recharge and wildlife habitat. It has funded the construction of a new interpretive center at Island Beach State Park and the restoration of a Civil War-era pier at Fort Mott State Park. In addition to being a registered historic site, the pier now serves as a ferry terminal that transports passengers to and from other historic sites in the Delaware estuary. Both of these projects were implemented to restore the public’s loss of use and access to its natural resources because of oil spills. Construction of these facilities has substantially increased public use of these parks.

Damage recoveries have also been used for funding research in support of habitat restoration and endangered species management, hiking trails, erosion control, streamside cleanups, and constructing permanent oil spill boom anchors at the mouths of tributaries to New York Harbor and the Delaware estuary. These boom anchors will allow rapid deployment of booms to remote areas during future oils spills, thus protecting hundreds of acres of upstream wetland ecosystems.

SETTLED HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES INVOLVING
THE OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCE RESTORATION

HAZARDOUS SITE

SETTLEMENT DATE

INJURY

RESTORATION

Hudson / Essex Co. Chromium Sites,
Hudson / Essex Counties, Multiple Twps.

11/03

Ground water

$17,000,000.00 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition / watershed improvement

Combe Fill South Superfund Site, Diminimis Settlement,
Chester and Washington Twp., Morris Co.

multiple parties / various dates

Ground water, fisheries, public lost use

$ 269,500.00 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition / watershed improvement

Carpenter Technology
Union Twp., Union Co.

5/02

Ground water

$150,000 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

Celotex Park
Edgewater Boro, Bergen

-

Ground water

$3,400,000 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

D’ Imperio Property Superfund Site
Hamilton Twp, Atlantic Co.

10/02

Ground water

$100,000 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

East Hanover Regional Ground Water Contamination
East Hanover, Morris Co.

5/02

Ground water

$1,000,000 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

Evor Phillips
Old Bridge Twp, Middlesex Co.

5/02

Ground water

$390,600 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

Jersey Tyler Foundry Site
Bridgeton, Cumberland Co.

4/02

Stream sediment

$50,000 settlement
proposed stream habitat restoration

Mystic Associates

2/02

Ground water

$60,000 settlement
proposed open space / aquifer recharge acquisition

Hope Auto Care

4/02

Ground water

$10,000 settlement
proposed open space acquisition

Caldwell Trucking Superfund Site
Fairfield, Essex Co.

12/94

Ground water
Wetlands

$984K settlement
Branch Brook Park, stream embankment project ($135,000)

16 acre recharge area / habitat acquisition (Montville)

20 acre recharge area/ habitat acquisition (Parsippany)

Funding for local water distribution infrastructure enhancements (Fairfield)

Shieldalloy Superfund Site

Newfield, Gloucester Co.

1997

Ground water
Wetlands

$302K settlement

15 acre wetland restoration (Newfield)

173 acre recharge area/habitat acquisition (Pittsgrove)

74 acre recharge area/habitat acquisition (Winslow)

Spence & Pijack Farms Superfund Site
Plumstead, Ocean Co.

8/28/95

Wetlands

5 acre restoration of wetlands implemented onsite during remediation (Plumstead)

Lone Pine Landfill Superfund Site
Upper Freehold, Monmouth Co.

6/12/97

Wetlands

16 acre wetland creation (Freehold) implemented by responsible parties Acquired 70 acres of wetlands

Hopkins Farm Superfund Site
Plumstead,Ocean Co.

7/96

Wetlands

Restoration of wetlands implemented during remediation

GEMS Landfill Superfund Site
Gloucester Twp., Camden Co.

7/96

Ground water
Wetlands
Endangered Species

59 acre acquisition (Gloucester)

63.25 acre acquisition (Gloucester)

$2.3 million settlement

56 acre recharge area acquisition (Deptford)

Fisheries research

Other acquisitions and restoration being explored

Helen Kramer Superfund Site
Mantua, Gloucester Co.

4/98

Ground water
Wetlands

Acquisition of 151 acre recharge area/wetland implemented by responsible parties (West Deptford)

Washington Auto
Warren, Somerset Co.

11/25/1998

Ground water

$342K settlement
50 acre acquisition of aquifer recharge (High Bridge)

Chemical Leaman Superfund Site
Logan, Gloucester Co.

8/20/2000

Ground water
Wetlands

$4.2 million settlement
46 acre acquisition of Liberty Property, includes bald eagle habitat and nests (Logan)

98 acre acquisition of forested wetland and bald eagle habitat (Woolwhich)

Other acquisitions and restoration being explored

Chemsol Superfund Site
Piscataway, Middlesex Co.

7/26/1999

Ground water

$650,000 settlement
Acquisition of aquifer recharge/upland habitat pending

Lang Superfund Site
Pemberton, Burlington Co.

4/19/2001

Ground water

$7,500 settlement
Restoration options being explored

Liberty National
Jersey City, Hudson Co.

9/14/2001

Wetlands
Sediments

5 acres of wetland restoration and public access trails on the Caven Point Peninsula

Shulton Landfill
Mays Landing, Atlantic Co.

7/16/01

Ground water

$78,000 settlement
Purchase of open space for aquifer recharge pending

A to Z Automotive
West Millford, Passaic Co.

9/6/2000

Ground water

$14,750 settlement

 

SETTLED OIL SPILLS (PETROLEUM DISCHARGES) INVOLVING
THE OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCE RESTORATION

EVENT (date of discharge)

DATE

INJURY

RESTORATION

TK Transport (1/01)
6,000 gallons of gasoline into wetlands (Mt. Laurel)

7/26/02

Wetlands

$35K settlement to do monitoring of wetlands

Travelodge (3/00)
1,000 gallon No.2 oil into tributary of Pennsauken Creek

6/22/02

Small stream

$8,500 settlement
3 year monitoring of steam recovery, Mount Holly

Terminal Ventures (9/10/99)
Discharge of 500 gallons of No. 6 oil into the Hackensack River

4/10/2000

Wetlands
Mudflat

$24,979 settlement
proposed habitat restoration or boom anchor project

Spring Bee (3/99)
550 gallons lube oil into Delaware River (Camden)

5/99

Wetlands

$3,594 settlement
Boom anchors, Newton Creek (Camden)

Coastal Eagle (12/98)
500 gallons JP-4 into Delaware River

5/19/2000

Wetlands

3 sets boom anchors* installed by Coastal (Westville, Gloucester)

New Ideal (10/98)
2,000 gallons No. 6 into Delaware Bay

5/12/1999

Wetlands

$15,034 settlement

Vane Brothers (5/98)
1,000 gallons No. 6 oil into Pennsauken Creek

1/25/1999

Wetlands

3 sets boom anchors* installed by Vane Brothers (Pennsauken)

Stolthaven (4/98)
Gas pipeline rupture into Woodbridge Creek

3/01

Wetlands

$65K settlement

Sun Pipeline (12/97)
20,000 gallons of gasoline into Doty’s Brook, Piscataway

4/13/99

Small stream

3 year monitoring of stream recovery, extensive stream re-vegetation and trash removal conducted by Sun (Piscataway)

Mystra (9/97)
5,000 gallons Brent crude into Delaware Bay

5/4/1998

Fisheries

$19K settlement
Boom anchor project* (Commercial Twp. Salem Co.)

Harrah’s (1/97)
1,500 gallons No.2 oil into Absecon Inlet

5/97

Wetlands

2 year marsh recovery, monitoring by Harrah’s

Bouchard B155 (10/96)

2,000 gallons No.2 oil into Delaware Bay (Commercial Twp., Salem Co.)

1997

Wetlands

$18K settlement
Boom anchor project*

SR News article

Anitra (5/96)
42,000 gallons of Nemba and Cabinda crude into Delaware Bay

 

Endangered species
Migratory shorebirds

$1.5 million settlement
Migratory bird management and protection, habitat restoration and acquisition

SR News article

Jahre Spray (7/95)

56,000 gallons Rabi crude oil into Delaware River, (Cinnaminson)

2/13/01

Wetlands
Fisheries

$51K settlement
47 acre acquisition of wetlands/Bald Eagle habitat

Moramac Marine Transport (2/95)
20,000 gallons No.2 oil into Sandy Hook Channel

4/16/1997

Fisheries

$22K settlement will be combined with other settlements for restoration in Raritan Bay

M/V Kentucky (7/94)
13,000 gallons of light crude into Delaware River

3/27/96

Fisheries
Wetlands

Assessment costs ($6K)
$27K settlement to PA

CCMUA (6/94)
15 million gallons sewage into Big Timber Creek (Gloucester Twp)

7/99

Lost public use
Fisheries

Erosion control project

Endangered species protection (Gloucester)

Assessment costs ($25K)

Cynthia M (3/94)
160,000 gallons NaOH into Hackensack River.

9/24/1998

Fisheries

$50K settlement
80 acre restoration (Jersey City)

Burlington Asphalt (1/94)
10,000 gallons No. 2 oil

2/97

 

$50K settlement

30 acre acquisition (Pemberton) along Rancocas Creek

Hiking trail construction / maintenance.

BT Nautilus (6/90)
280, 000 gallons No.6 oil into Kill van Kull

3/13/95

Lost public use
Wetlands
Endangered species

$1.56 million of settlement for NJ

80 acre marsh restoration (Jersey City)

Interpretive Center at Island Beach State Park

Piping Plover restoration (Atlantic Coast)

Cibro/Montauk (3/90)
100,000 gallons No. 2 oil into Authur Kill

1/27/1999

Lost public use
Wetlands

$240K settlement

Exxon Bayway (1/90)
567,000 gallons of No.2 oil into Arthur Kill

3/1/1991

Lost public use
Fisheries
Wetlands
Wading bids
Waterfowl

$5.78 million of settlement to NJ Trustee committee oversite

200 acre wetland / upland restoration (Jersey City)

25 acre acquisition (Edison)

32 acre marsh restoration (Woodbridge)

16 acre marsh restoration (Carteret)

Wading bird research

Harbor wildlife inventory GIS

President Rivera (3/89)
306,000 gallons No. 6 oil into Delaware River

1994

Lost public use
Fisheries
Wetlands

$1.1 million settlement

40 acre wetland restoration (Alloway)

182 acre acquisition (Alloway)

Fort Mott pier restoration

186 acre acquisition (Stow Creek)

Sun Pipeline (1/86)
Gas pipeline rupture/fire (Princeton) D& R Canal, Princeton

1997

Old growth forest
Neotropical birds

$455K settlement

5 acre forest restoration

Neotropical bird research

* Boom anchor projects generally entail the placement of permanent structures, usually pilings or buoys, where floating deflection boom can be attached during an oil spill. Placing such structures at the mouths of rivers and creeks allows for rapid deployment of boom during oil spills, thus protecting upstream wetlands and associated wildlife.

 

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