New Jersey’s portion: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday, April 16, up to $160 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for eight Superfund sites in New Jersey. The money will be used to start new cleanup projects or continue remedial work already underway at the sites. This Recovery Act funding is part of the $600 million that Congress appropriated to the Federal Superfund remedial program.
The eight sites and the range of funding to be made available for site cleanup work are:
- Cornell Dublier (South Plainfield) -- $25 million;
- Emmell’s Landfill (Galloway) -- $1-$5 million;
- Horseshoe Road (Sayreville) -- up to $5 million;
- Imperial Oil (Marlboro) -- $10-$25 million;
- Price Landfill (Pleasantville & Egg Harbor) -- $10-$25 million;
- Roebling Steel (Florence) -- $25 million;
- Vineland Chemical (Vineland) --$10-$25 million; and,
- Welsbach/General Gas Mantle (Camden and Gloucester City) -- $25 million.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increases the “Superfund” by $600 million for remedial programs. That is about double the annual appropriation for construction projects. Unlike other EPA programs in the Act, the cost share provision was not waived. Therefore, the State will have to provide a 10 percent match. Currently New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) authorized more than $7 million in Corporate Business Tax funds, which are constitutionally dedicated for contaminated site cleanups, to provide match payments when needed for stimulus site work.
A1. ARRA funding will be used to clean up Superfund sites in New Jersey to address contaminated soil and ground water. The remedial actions will make those communities where cleanups are conducted safer for residents and provide a cleaner and healthier environment for flora and fauna to thrive. Companies performing the work also will hire many workers to conduct the cleanups and have a presence in each community throughout the on-site remediation helping local economies.
A2. The EPA will work with DEP to oversee the cleanups. The Army Corps of Engineers, which manages cleanup construction projects for EPA, hires term contractors to perform work at Superfund sites. DEP normally matches 10 percent of federal dollars put toward cleanup costs at Superfund sites, and this cost share agreement will continue under the ARRA plan.
Q3. What Superfund sites will receive funding from ARRA?
A4. Engineering and environmental contractors can work through term contractors who are already working with the Army Corps of Engineers. There may be opportunities for subcontracting. Interested contractors should contact the regional offices of the Army Corps of Engineers in Philadelphia (215-656-6515) and New York (917-790-8702) for information on subcontracting opportunities for sites in New Jersey.
A5. If a particular site selected for funding is located in your community, there may be an existing community advisory group that allows you to participate with them, as well as additional opportunities to get involved. You can contact EPA Region II at 212-637-4420, then, ask to speak with a Remedial Project Manager assigned to the site to obtain information on how to get involved.
A6. Local officials with sites selected to receive ARRA funds can contact EPA Region II at 212-637-4420, then, ask to speak with a Remedial Project Manager assigned to the site to obtain information on how to get involved. DEP also may be contacted at 609-984-3074 as noted in the contact information provided. Public outreach on remedial action projects is required under the Superfund program; hence, local officials can help facilitate contact with community members living near or affected by the sites slated for cleanup funds.