Chromium Cleanup Partnership
In response to community input at the June 15, 2009, public meeting, the partial consent judgment concerning chromium contamination at 61 residential and non-residential sites within Jersey City has been revised. If accepted by all parties, the settlement will result in the remediation of all sites and payments of over $1M to the Jersey City Environmental Trust Fund. Read The revised Partial Consent Judgment Concerning PPG Sites here.
Partial Settlement Agreement: Chromium Contamination at 900 Garfield Avenue - Summary of Major Changes to the Judicial Consent Order
(1) All PPG sites, not just Garfield Avenue, are subject to the 5 year remediation goal. This includes six (6) additional, so-called “orphan sites” for which PPG has reached an agreement in principle with the NJDEP to remediate. Total of sites is now 20.
(2) Specific language stating that the cleanup schedule is judicially enforceable against PPG and DEP (para. 9)
(3) Call-in number for residents near PPG sites who believe their real property needs inspection for chromium. Priority for cleanup will be given if hexavalent chromium exists on these residential properties above cleanup standards (para. 61)
(4) $1.5 million payment from PPG to Jersey City for environmental trust fund (para. 12 & 13)
(5) The Site Administrator’s responsibilities have been expanded to include medical issues. He will review prior and ongoing medical studies to establish new medical study if he determines one is needed (para. 49(g))
(6) Stipulated penalties for PPG for non-compliance (para. 62)
(7) 20% set aside goal for labor and contractors from Jersey City (paras. 58-60)
(8) Site Administrator alone selects Technical Consultant, no PPG input.