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POLL: Should All Pollution in Wood Ave. Affordable Housing Soil be Removed?

Not all of the contaminated soil has been removed from the Wood Avenue Affordable Housing property because there is an area that of contamination within DEP guidelines and within wetlands.

Manalapan Affordable Housing is constructing an 80-unit affordable housing development known as the Wood Avenue Apartments on Wood Avenue, Rt. 522, right outside of Englishtown.

According to the News Transcript, the Wood Avenue Apartments developer appeared before the Planning Board on March 22 to gain approval on the construction of a fence around two sections of the land where low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present, and will remain.

A large amount of the contaminated soil has been removed from the site, but one and a half acres with contaminated soil will remain because the levels of PCBs measured are in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection’s standards, the applicants attorney David Oberlander said, according to the Transcript. 

John McNaboe, the Chairman of the Planning Board, told the applicants that placing a fence around the contaminated soil will only tempt young boys to climb the fence no matter what warning signs surround the area, the News Transcript reported.

The applicant’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional, Kenneth Paul, told the Board that removing this soil would destroy the wetlands that are there, the Transcript reported.

The Board voted to approve the use of a fence around the contaminated areas subject to the approval of the Manalapan’s LSRP or until the DEP finds a solution, according to the News Transcript.

What do you think?

Aron Weiss April 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If a private home owner takes out their Oil Tank and a hole in the tank is found it c cost the homeowner thousands of dollars to remove the contaminated soil. So it begs the question, Why is their a different set of rules for the township and contractors for contaminated soil??? Is it acceptable to leave the contaminated soil just because it's an affordable housing area, and fencing the area in would do nothing but create a challenge for the kids living in the area.
Rudy April 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I say move the Wood Avenue Apartments to Old Bridge. This is Manalapan, not Newark.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 18, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Apparently DEP has different standards to follow and appears they gave a pass of approval, for the type of contamination as related to the Oil spill according to the builder, for the Wood Ave project.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
What all these comments boil down to is to go back to the drawing board, Period. We are all asking for some sane answers to protect innocent human beings that may wind up settling there amidst the man made soil contaminated enclave.
mark cohen April 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Did anyone know that the contamination levels are allowed to be higher for apt type housing ! It is defined a biz not personal housing .If you want to build a pvt home the levels have to be much lower.I got this info from a real pro builder very well known in this area. google it !!! mc

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