Teaneck Township’s Council approved the recommendation of the 14 member Environmental Advisory Board to hire JM Sorge as Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to supervise remediation of the Milton A. Votee Park in Teaneck, NJ.
Milton Votee Park, Teaneck’s “central park” is approximately 40 acres. During preparations for improvements to a soccer field in the park it was discovered that the park was constructed on historic fill material. Investigation of the fill material revealed that elevated levels of Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and lead are present. As a result of these findings, the park was temporarily closed.
In late March 2012, the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services (NJ DHSS), through a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), published a review of the results of the draft Votee RI reports in a Letter Health Consultation (LHC). The NJ DHSS concluded that “exposures to children and adults during recreational activities at the Milton Votee Park are not expected to cause adverse non-cancer health effects… [And] there is no apparent increase in cancer risk when compared to the excess background risk of all or specific cancers.” NJ DHSS’s LHC further stated that, “In addition, PAH concentrations detected in surface soil at Milton Votee Park were consistent with background levels as evidenced upon studies of background PAH concentrations detected in surface soil for urban areas of New Jersey and other east coast states.” Based on this letter, the park was reopened for public use.
JMS is looking forward to working with the Township to close out this case.
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