Hackensack River

November 25, 2013

Carlstadt-South Hackensack berm the subject of Sandy damage lawsuit filed by property owners

Source: http://www.northjersey.com, November 21, 2013
By: Meghan Grant

A group of four property owners, including Cheridan Realty LLC that owns a commercial building on Commerce Road, are suing the owners of the Kane Tract in Carlstadt, claiming improper berm construction was to blame for the severity of the damage suffered due to Hurricane Sandy, a storm experts called unprecedented.

Owners of two Little Ferry garden apartment complexes, Williamstowne Manor Inc. and Liberty Bell Village, Cheridan Realty LLC and one Hackensack apartment building, Albarelli Hackensack Associates, and its insurance company, Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company filed the lawsuit, which names 10 governmental agencies and companies as defendants – the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC), EnviroFinance Group LLP, Earthmark NJ Kane Mitigation LLC and others.

The Kane Tract

The Richard P. Kane Natural Area, the 254-acre section of wetlands on the Hackensack River in Carlstadt and South Hackensack is home to two berms, one of which gained notoriety during Sandy due to an initial emergency report being issued the night of the storm surge that a levee allegedly was breached, later identified as a berm.

The lawsuit, identifying the Kane Tract by name, builds upon the conviction that the berm had broken. It alleges contractors took shortcuts in their building of the berm that put neighboring properties at risk and state environmental and land agencies were lax in their oversight.…

July 9, 2013

Honeywell begins next round of chromium cleanup on West Side

Source: http://www.unioncityreporter.com, July 7, 2013
By: E. Assata Wright

Environmental work will culminate in Bayfront groundbreaking, new waterfront development

Honeywell International Inc. recently announced that it has begun the next phase of chromium cleanup at sites along Jersey City’s West Side, work that will culminate in the construction of the Bayfront development, a planned mixed use residential community the city hopes will be a linchpin to waterfront development along the Hackensack River. According to officials from Honeywell, who briefed area residents on its environmental cleanup plans at a public meeting held on June 26, areas that are to be redeveloped for residential use will be remediated by removing contaminated soil that is currently on the site. Areas that are to be used for open space and park land will be capped.

Cleanup of the site is part of a 2008 settlement agreement Honeywell reached with the city and community groups to remediate 100 acres of chromium-contaminated land along Route 440 and the Hackensack River that was once home to the Mutual Chemical Company. The affected site also borders the Droyer’s Point section of Society Hill.

Under the 2008 agreement, the city agreed to turn over 35 acres of municipal land to Honeywell and the company agreed to cover the cost of the environmental cleanup, which is being conducted under the watch of a federal monitor. In addition, Honeywell was given the right to develop the entire 100-acre site, but was required to split the profits from the future development with the city 60 – 40. (Honeywell will get 60 percent of the profits from the Bayfront development; the city will get 40 percent of the profits in exchange for the 35 acres of municipal land the city turned over to Honeywell to make the development possible.)…

June 7, 2011

Cash shortfall slows EnCap cleanup again

Source: Record (Hackensack, NJ), June 6, 2011
Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com

Three years after EnCap’s collapse, renewed efforts to seal four contaminated Meadowlands landfills are more than a year behind schedule and running out of cash.

Closing the old dumps, which have despoiled waterways and defied would-be developers for decades, could eventually cost more than $172 million and take until 2014 or later, state officials acknowledged last week in response to questions from The Record.

That is $24 million higher than the price previously set by the state, which had long promised the job would be covered by a $148 million insurance bond. It is also $72 million more than estimates offered by Donald Trump, whose 2008 bid to take over the project was rejected by the state.

Ironically, the latest effort to reclaim the trash-tainted marshes has struggled with some of the same problems that stymied EnCap, whose plan to build a luxury golfing community foundered despite more than $300 million in public financing.

Flawed budgets, poor accounting and mounting costs for lawyers and other high-priced consultants have hobbled the project, according to project records and interviews with key state officials.…

September 1, 2010

Owner of Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus pleads guilty to pollution Hackensack River

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

MONDAY, 22 MARCH 2010 16:08

The corporate owner of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus pleaded guilty Monday to unlawfully discharging wastewater contaminated with sewage into the Hackensack River.

RD Secaucus LP, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of unlawfully discharging a pollutant in violation of the state Water Pollution Control Act before state Superior Court Judge Lourdes I. Santiago in Jersey City, Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor said.

The corporation, through its attorney, pleaded guilty to an amended count of a Sept. 2 state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice.

In pleading guilty, the owner admitted that it unlawfully discharged polluted wastewater into the Hackensack without a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. …