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Old 09-19-2011, 12:27 AM
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Veterans Field closed-what's up?

I saw the message on the Borough's website, but does anybody know anything more about what exactly was found in the soil?

Here's the message from the Borough:

VETERAN’S FIELD CLOSED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

As part of the Borough of Edgewater’s renovation and improvement project at Veterans Field, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program required soil testing for the entire field prior to proceeding with the next phase of the improvements which included the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The environmental report prepared by TERMS Environmental Services revealed a minimal increase in acceptable levels of contaminants:

“several contaminants associated with historic fill in excess of NJDEP residential standard at several surface locations. These results indicate that historic fill utilized across the majority of the site…contains some of the typical contaminants associated with this type of material.”

As a precaution, the Borough has taken steps to ensure the health and safety of its residents and employees who utilize the facility. Until a remedial action plan has been developed, access to the entire facility has been restricted. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will keep you updated on the progress.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:19 AM
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Re: Veterans Field closed-what's up?

It is interesting that no one is stating exactly where the contamination is located and what it is.

It is also very telling that the signs at Veteran's Field say merely that the field is temorarily closed.

Guess we can't use that wonderful new exercise equipment. Did get in the Little League Series and the 911 dedication and we even got the ICBE meeting in before they closed the fields (perhaps they were hoping we might have our meeting outside on the fields )

So where is the contamination? What is it? What is the plan for clean-up and how much? Do we have anything in reserve to to pay for it or will we just bond - again! Maybe that's one reason we raised the bonding cap.

Did see someone jogging on the track behind the orange fencing. I am sure they just thought that the fencing was just for work that was going to be done on the fields since there is no warning on the signs on the fences. We could have sent out a phone message on it to the whole town . . . Nah. That would mean the public would actually be told something. What a crazy idea.

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Old 09-19-2011, 11:21 AM
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Re: Veterans Field closed-what's up?

P.S. Wasn't testing done when the Community Center was built? Was testing done when the tennis courts were moved? What do those reports say?
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:34 AM
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Re: Veterans Field closed-what's up?

My concern is that it sounds like it's nothingnew that was found, based on this comment: contaminants associated with historic fill .
So I wonder how long whatever "it" is has been contaminating the park.
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Re: Veterans Field closed-what's up?

I have an OPRA in for the environmental report. Unfortunately, my guess is the "historic fill" is arsenic. Could also be coal tar compounds or asbestos.
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Re: Veterans Field closed-what's up?

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my guess is the "historic fill" is arsenic
You are probably right. I believe I have brought this problem to the attention of the Mayor and Council on more than one occasion. I informed them several times of the connection between arsenic and diabetes long before Dr. Oz was "discovered" by Oprah.
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