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Brownfield as a Public Amenity

Impact Environmental Corporation (IEC) is facilitated backfill of the Hudson County Lincoln Park Landfill at a record pace. As authorized engineering control engineer, IEC finds suitable sources for reuse in the construction of an earthen protective cover, or cap, over the former landfill site. The completion of the restoration project, part of the county’s Lincoln Park, will set the stage for a new golf course and walking trail near the Hackensack River.  Kemper Sports was recently named to manage the construction and operation of the 9 hole, 130 acre golf course that will welcome residents of all ages as well as avid golfers.   Although there is a private course nearby this will be open to the public with clear river views.

“We are replacing a polluted landfill with a
beautiful public amenity.” – Jim Kennelly

The Lincoln Park Brownfield project has completes its final stage – the capping of the former dumping ground/landfill over which the golf course will be built. Anthony Grano of Persistent Construction, working with IEC in the backfill operation, reports that these infill activities went smoothly to completion.  The final impervious cap over which the topsoil and plantings for the recreational course will be placed finished in 2013.

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Lincoln Park Landfill Closure Area in Yellow

After the environmental project is completed, the county can finish building the course.   Financing for the project comes from a mix of county and state funding. When completed, the county’s profits from the course will be plowed back into golf course operations. Overseen by the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA), the project involves a complex comingling of various agency interests; public and private objectives; restoration and new construction methods, and these complexities all create a difficult setting that works against the fast-tracking of any project. In this case however, IEC has successfully navigated these challenges to ultimately accelerate the process since fill importation to the site began in April of 2011. In completion, more than 1,380,00 tons of fill material have been imported by IEC into the Lincoln Park Brownfield site.  IEC’s mission-driven staff and dedication to customer satisfaction have been an integral part of completing this great asset for the county.

 

The highly-degraded Lincoln Park Brownfield site was once used by the public to dump tires and other trash. The course, when it is completed in 2014, will bring that area back to one of its previous uses as former home of the Lincoln Park Driving Range. One 18-hole course now exists in town, but it is the Liberty National Golf Course is a private membership club, located near Liberty State Park, which cannot serve the broader needs of the county’s diverse population.

“We are replacing a polluted landfill with a beautiful public amenity – a golf course that all our residents can enjoy,” said Jim Kennelly, spokesperson for the County. “This project is an outstanding example of…a near decade-long push to expand parks and open space in Hudson County.”

For more information on Impact Environmental Corp. go to http://www.impactenvironmental.com/.

 

Inspiring The Future

As the pendulum of the economy swings and the world populations grows ever more aware of the environmental issues plaguing our planet, a new industry of environmental sustainability is born.  Today, careers in sustainability look more and more promising to a batch of young people entering higher education.  The promise of the growth of a new industry and the evolution of older industry are very welcoming to a youth facing a world of economic uncertainty.  It is an industry starved for new ideas and approaches to making our lifestyle sustainable.

 

At Hofstra University’s Sustainability Studies Program, students take advantage of their surroundings, in the large suburban landscape of Long Island which is situated outside of one of the most populous metropolitan cities in the world. and look head on at real-life sustainability problems.  Sustainability Studies offer an opportunity to combine engineering, planning and environmental sciences into a diversified understanding of how to solve these issues.  As the world evolves and the population grows we need the best and brightest minds to enter this field and bring us the new solutions.

 

On November 6th, 2013 Hofstra University Career Center is hosting a Sustainability Careers Panel Discussion.  Richard Parrish, CEO if Impact Environmental will be joining that panel to discuss successful careers in the environmental consulting business.  With over 25 years in the industry, Mr. Parrish has experienced all sides of the environmental industry from government regulations, environmental site assessments, environmental engineering on large scale construction projects and Brownfield and mine reclamation. He looks forward to imparting his wisdom and experience to the next generation of talent joining the field.  Impact Environmental has a strong history of being a leader not only within the industry but the surrounding communities.

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Waiting is So Yesterday

Under new New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) mandates, all property owners (Responsible Parties) at contaminated sites should retain a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) by May 7, 2012, to move ahead with remediation on their own initiative.

The Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP)

Facing the challenge of managing cleanup at more than 20,000 contaminated sites in New Jersey, the (NJDEP) has dramatically changed the process used to conduct environmental investigations and cleanups.

logo_epasealOn May 7, 2009, Governor Jon Corzine signed the Site Remediation Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq.[pdf] (“SRRA”) into law. SRRA also amends other statutes such as the Brownfield and Contaminated Sites Act [pdf] and the Spill Compensation and Control Act [pdf]. SRRA, establishes a program for the licensing of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (“LSRPs”) who will have responsibility for oversight of environmental investigation and cleanup.

Under SRRA, NJDEP approval is no longer required prior to proceeding with remediation. When the Act becomes fully effective in May of 2012 all remediating parties must use the services of a LSRP and must proceed with the clean up of their site without prior NJDEP approval.
The NJDEP is nonetheless required to establish mandatory remediation timeframes for the completion of key phases of site remediation.
Under these new rules, the voluntary cleanup program which utilized Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs), no longer exists. During the transitioning phase leading up to full implementation of this program, all parties who initiated remediation prior to November 3, 2009 will not be required to hire a LSRP to conduct the remediation right away. Remediation of those sites will follow the remediation process with traditional NJDEP oversight. With few exceptions, a remediating party of an existing case must submit an initial Receptor Evaluation form, by March 1, 2012,pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.15. This is an important deadline, as it is required for all cases, and is a “mandatory timeframe”, meaning that NJDEP can strip control of any party’s cleanup of a remediation site if they miss the deadline.

‘Opting-In’ to the LSRP Program

All parties are required to hire a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) by May 7, 2012, and to then proceed with the remediation without Department pre-approval. However, a party may choose to opt-in to the LSRP remediation program prior to May 7, 2012. To opt-in the person must complete the LSRP Notification of Retention or Dismissal Form. The person certifying the form may proceed with the remediation upon submittal of the certified form.
Many property owners have already “Opted in”. Currently over 350 cases are registered!

Benefits to Opting in:

·         Remediation is likely to move more quickly because there is no waiting for Department review and approval.
·         Predictable Annual Fees replace traditional oversight costs.
·         More flexibility in the remediation schedule and approach, up to, and including case closure.
·         LSRPs have the knowledge and experience to guide the Responsible Party (RP) through the process.
·         LSRPs approve the dispensation of remediation funding sources and provide financial assurance.
·         DEP established a Technical Consulting process so that the RP get the Department’s guidance on site specific technical issues.
·         The Department’s focus will now be on compliance assistance for cases that choose to opt in, rather than enforcement.

After May 2012 remediating parties for all cases will be required to hire an LSRP. Impact Environmental Consulting is committed to comprehensive environmental services that remain current with these changes. For a complete listing of services, please visit www.impactenvironmental.com.


Robert Ott PMP, LEED GA for EarthEnergyExchange Ltd         2/10/12