America Recycles Day
On November 15, 2018, America Recycles Day, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler convened the first EPA Recycling Summit, during which participants from various industries and all levels of government discussed opportunities to advance and strengthen the domestic recycling industry and markets. The Summit focused on four action areas to improve and develop over the next year to advance a national approach to recycling: (1) education and outreach, (2) enhancing materials management infrastructure, (3) strengthening secondary materials markets, and (4) enhancing measurement.
EPA and participants signed a unified pledge to commit to work together to improve the state of the recycling system in the United States. Executive Director Dania Rodriguez participated in the Summit and signed the pledge on behalf of ASTSWMO. You can read the 2018 America Recycles Day pledge here.
Also on America Recycles Day, EPA issued the booklet, “Recycling: Protecting the Environment, and growing the economy”, which highlights recycling and other sustainable materials management activities at EPA and elsewhere across the U.S., including Guam’s Zero Waste Plan.
For links to more America Recycles Day information, including the EPA news release and the recording of the Summit, visit the EPA America Recycles Day 2018 webpage here.
ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, NJ, May 1-2, 2019
ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training Conference, August 2019
ASTSWMO LUST Workshop, September 2019
ITRC Annual Meeting, March 25-28, 2019, Boston, MA
Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum, May 7-9, 2019, St. Louis, MO
The Environmental Show of the South, May 15-17, 2019, Chattanooga, TN
From the 1990s until 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Office of Brownfield Reuse, in partnership with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, funded environmental assessment, investigation, and cleanup work on a 14-acre site of a former metals facility in Aberdeen, New Jersey. Through the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), the NJDEP enabled Aberdeen to characterize the site and ultimately complete the cleanup. Through the efforts of the Office of Brownfield Reuse and the HDSRF program, Aberdeen Township was able to attract a developer for an affordable housing project, called Hudson Ridge Development. The township also completed an ecological restoration project in conjunction with the redevelopment. As of October 2018, this brownfield redevelopment project has been successfully completed and is open to new residents.
Brownfield Redevelopment: Former South River Metals Corporation, New Hudson Ridge Development
The South River Metals Corporation was a steel and metal plating facility in the Aberdeen Township of Monmouth County that operated from the late 1800s to the 1970s. The facility included a foundry, machine shops, oil-fired boilers, aboveground and underground storage tanks, electrical transformers, and a railroad siding. After several fires in the 1980s and subsequent abandonment, the township acquired the property through foreclosure in 2001. In 2006, all above-grade structures were removed.
From the early 1990s through 2015, the HDSRF program within the Office of Brownfield Reuse at the NJDEP awarded approximately $1.2 million to Aberdeen to complete environmental investigation work at the site. Over 40 areas were identified as contaminated. It was found that soil contamination exceeding applicable remediation standards generally included: petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC), volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs/SVOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and metals. The contamination appeared to be related to both the widespread placement of contaminated waste material on the site as fill and localized surface or near-surface discharges of contaminants.
In 2014, Aberdeen selected RPM Development Group to construct an affordable housing project on the site, called Hudson Ridge. From 2015-2017, the HDSRF program awarded grants in the amount of $3.8 million to this project for environmental cleanup work. This funding award was critical to moving the site to full redevelopment.
The Hudson Ridge project began construction in the fall of 2016. It was a $44 million redevelopment, located approximately one mile from the Aberdeen-Matawan train station, that created approximately 140 construction jobs. It includes 145 residential units that offer age-restricted housing, as well as rental units that give preference to households impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A third building was constructed as a 2,500-square foot community center available for use by all Aberdeen residents. All buildings are LEED certified at high levels, pursuing Gold or Platinum. In addition, an 8-acre conservation area adjacent to the Gravelly Brook, which was impacted by activities of the former metals facility, was remediated and restored. Moreover, the project was designed to promote physical fitness as it provides direct access to the Hudson Trail.
NJDEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe attended a ribbon-cutting event at the location (pictured below) in October 2018 to celebrate the successful completion of the Hudson Ridge Development. The former industrial site was idle for years and the transformation of the abandoned property into residential housing with open space and additional community features demonstrates the commitment the NJDEP and Aberdeen have toward brownfield redevelopment.
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