Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Residents Raise New Concerns on 225 Belleville Cleanup

We've heard reports that the developer for the "Oakes Pond" site is stepping up his efforts to prepare the site for his ambitious development weeks before the Planning Board is prepared to vote oh his plan.

I drove down to the site to check out reports that the cleanup crew had been working closer to The Third River than his permits allowed.
Talked to Dan of Danco Inc. about the status of the operation. He insisted that such reports were "unsubstantiated." The DEP subsequently found enough evidence of unauthorized digging to issue a warning to Danco.

Ben Morse summed up many resident's concerns in an excellent Bloomfield Life column this week.
He points out that
"No cleanup is occurring in the area of historic fill. The developer plans to "cap" the contamination with clean soil. How this "clean fill" stays put during a flood – the site is known to have flooded in the 1930s and 1950s, and during hurricanes Floyd and Irene - is anybody’s guess."

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