Friday, September 10, 2010

NJ DEP Investigating School Board For Alleged Contamination

September 9, 2010 - School board officials authorized testing of the water in several wells around the high school complex this past week, acting on concerns regarding contaminated soil stockpiled behind Macopin Middle School.

The site, approximately 550 feet behind the middle school, allegedly contains cinder as well as asphalt and concrete millings, according state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press officer Lawrence Hajna. The dust from asphalt millings may contain unacceptable levels of known carcinogens, which pose a health risk through inhalation or consumption, according to DEP documents.

Although Hajna said no immediate action needs to be taken to remediate the site, school board members cited the possibility of recent on site-disturbances from off-road vehicles and the potential for leaching in their decision to call for tests for the three wells near the contamination site, barring the discovery of suitable tests already on record.

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