2009 / Q4 News Briefs

Workers to collect site samples beginning Jan. 4

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 28, 2009 – Workers will use a drill rig mounted to a pickup truck to collect soil samples at the 900 Garfield Ave. cleanup site during the week of Jan. 4, weather permitting. All work will be conducted in accordance with health and safety regulations.  The work is expected to take one day.

The samples, to be taken from a depth about four feet below surface, will be used to  distinguish chromium generated from historical manufacturing activities at the site and other sources, such as materials brought to the site to raise its elevation. The samples will be analyzed and the information gathered will aid in planning future cleanup activities.

Analysis of the samples will be performed by a New Jersey certified laboratory in accordance with methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection .

Air monitoring and dust-control procedures such as water spray will be used throughout the duration of the work, as needed.  For their safety in handling the samples, trained technicians will be dressed in protective gear such as hard hats, gloves and synthetic jump suits and boot covers. Individuals living and working near PPG cleanup sites do not require special protection because measures are in place to prevent them from being exposed to hazardous materials at the sites.

Site administrator hears community's health concerns

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 21, 2009 – More than 50 residents and interested parties attended a public meeting Thursday night to discuss whether there is a need for future health studies that examine exposure to chrome manufacturing residue near the Garfield Avenue site in Jersey City.

Soil samples to be taken at 900 Garfield Ave. site

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 -- PPG Industries plans to conduct limited soil sampling at the 900 Garfield Ave., site this Thursday and Friday.  All work will be conducted in accordance with the health and safety plan approved for the site.

Health studies public meeting set for Dec. 17 at NJCU

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 4, 2009 – The Chromium Cleanup Partnership will conduct a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 17, to review the court settlement with PPG Industries, which requires the site administrator for the company’s cleanups to determine the need for future health studies and solicit community ideas.

Local employment program guidelines announced

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 2, 2009 -- As a part of its commitment to play a positive role in Jersey City, PPG Industries has agreed to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that 20 percent of the contracts and subcontracts for the work at its chromium cleanup sites are awarded to Jersey City companies, and that 20 percent of the workers employed by all contractors and subcontractors are residents of Jersey City, with preference given to residents of the Wards in which chromium cleanup sites are located. 

Residents share views at first public meeting

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 24, 2009 – Nearly 50 people attended the first public meeting of the Chromium Cleanup Partnership last night at city hall, sharing their thoughts on preliminary plans for the cleanup of 20 chromium sites in Hudson County for which PPG Industries is responsible.

Schedule, residential inspection program to highlight Nov. 23 public meeting

JERSEY CITY, N.J.  Nov. 14, 2009 -- The Chromium Cleanup Partnership will conduct its first public meeting Monday, Nov. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at Jersey City Hall, 280 Grove St.
Residents of the neighborhoods near PPG Industries’ cleanup sites and other interested parties are encouraged to attend, said Mike McCabe, the independent, court-appointed site administrator for PPG’s cleanups.

Mayor Appoints 8 Members to Citizen Advisory Board

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Oct. 20, 2009 – Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy signed an executive order today creating an eight- member Citizen Advisory Board to interact with city officials and consultants responsible for implementing the settlement of litigation between the City of Jersey City and PPG Industries in the remediation of chromium contamination at the site of its former plant on Garfield Avenue and at several other sites throughout the city.