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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are releasing the Health Consultation and Public Health Assessment documents for the Quanta Resources site located in Edgewater.  A fact sheet explaining the differences between the two documents is also available.  There will be a public meeting on April 9, 2019 at the Edgewater Community Center to discuss these documents with the community.  

Quanta Update: 3/25/2019

Dear stakeholder,

EPA was recently made aware of excavation that will be taking place at the Quanta site. The purpose of the excavation is to install a water line that will be used in support of remedial activities that will resume at the site in the coming months. A portion of the water line will be installed in an area that has not yet been remediated. While EPA doesn’t anticipate naphthalene vapors to be generated from this work, all odor suppression techniques will be implemented. The digging is scheduled to start this week. Air monitoring will continue at the site and the hotline continues to be in operation for people to call should they have any concerns: 201-807-0991.

As we mentioned in our December public meeting, the majority (about 90%) of the remaining cleanup activities at the site (soil solidification, stockpile management, and earth moving) will be conducted under tents to reduce emissions into the air as much as possible. At this time, EPA anticipates resuming soil solidification work in mid to late-Spring. To ensure that you are fully informed, we will hold a public meeting in April in advance of work resuming at the site.

For further information, you can contact Natalie Loney, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator at 212-637-3639 or e-mail her at loney.natalie@epa.gov.

“Quanta Odor Update”

· Debris were cleared on the main Quanta property in the southwest (near the Pier 115 sign and sidewalk) and the northwest (along the sidewalk/entrance to City Place). Both of these areas are located directly along the sidewalk. Posi-shell was applied to disturbed areas at the end of each day and liberally applied Friday before departure from the sites.

· Conditions at the site have been wet and muddy which can hinder the effectiveness of some of the odor control materials as they are broken down more quickly. The ongoing freeze/thaw conditions can also affect how long the odor suppressant materials were effective.

As a result of this, these are the actions we are taking to address this issue:

· Increase use of Portland cement within Posi-shell mix –To help the Posi-shell set up faster, the team is evaluating the effectiveness of adding Portland cement to the Posi-shell spray.

· Begin use of Bio-Solve – Bio-Solve is an additional odor suppressant that is being tested in addition to a non-toxic foam and Posi-shell. Bio-solve forms an emulsion, locking vapors and contaminants in the soil in areas that are being actively worked on. Bio-Solve is not as durable or long lasting as Posi-shell; however, it may provide greater immediate odor reduction.

· Cover disturbed areas with plastic sheeting on Fridays – The Posi-shell has been effective at controlling odors until the recent ongoing freeze / thaw conditions. Therefore, the use of plastic sheeting to cover stockpiles and disturbed areas had been minimized. If site conditions are appropriate from a safety and accessibility perspective, plastic sheeting will be used to cover stockpiles and disturbed areas on Friday afternoons before leaving the site. These areas will also be sprayed with odor suppressant before being covered.