WHAT WE DO - Projects
Passaic River Project
The Recommendations and
Strategies to Clean the Passaic River
- What You Can Do!
The Lower Passaic River
The Benefits of Cleaning the
The Status of the Cleanup
Passaic River Restoration Project Comments
The Recommendations and Strategies to Clean the
Passaic River -
What You Can Do!
The riverbed of the Lower Passaic River has been contaminated
with toxic chemicals for over 100 years. Over
the course of more than two decades, the river has been the
subject of many studies. But the contaminated
material has never been removed. The longer we wait, the
further the contamination spreads. Now is the
to clean the
At the Passaic River Coalition (PRC), we believe:
Dredging all 17 miles of the Lower Passaic River and
Newark Bay will significantly improve water quality
and ensure that the contaminants will not create
problems for future generations.
dredged sediment SHOULD NOT be reburied in a
Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) in
land based treatment facility should be built in the
region that will decontaminate the dredged material
and produce a safe and useful product.
Navigability should be taken into consideration when
plans are developed to dredge the river. We need to
envision a future where the river is used,
particularly for recreational and commercial
boating, and let that vision guide cleanup plans.
There are many different companies and government
agencies that can and should help pay for the
cleanup project. A financing plan needs to be
U.S. Department of Defense should be included as a
potentially responsible party and financially
contribute to the clean-up because of their historic
involvement with polluting industries on the river.
The PRC needs your help to make sure the Lower Passaic River
is cleaned the right way, and soon.
can financially support the PRC on our Firstgiving
www.firstgiving.com/lowerpassaicriver; or mail a
donation to: 94 Mt. Bethel Rd, Warren, NJ 07059.
Your donation is tax-deductible.
you are municipal official, your town council can
pass a resolution in support of cleaning the river
and demanding faster action.
you are a concerned citizen, let your municipal,
state, and federal representatives know that you
Dredging the river
land based treatment facility with a beneficial use
creation of a navigation channel
Acceleration of the cleanup timeline
Contact the PRC at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to give a
presentation about cleaning the river to a group or
at a council meeting or if you need help in
identifying your elected officials.
Remember . . . Improving water quality isn¡¯t just our
goal, it¡¯s your future!
The following is a brief introduction to the
contamination and cleanup of the Lower Passaic
River. Be sure to
visit our site periodically as we will continue to
post more information and resources.
The Lower Passaic River
A concern of the Passaic River Coalition is that while all 17
miles of the Lower Passaic River are contaminated
with toxic substances, only the lower 8 miles of the river
will be cleaned. The towns of Belleville, Newark,
Harrison, East Newark, and Kearny will benefit from the
cleaning of the lower 8 miles. But towns along the
upper 9 miles ¨C Clifton, Passaic, Nutley, North Arlington,
Lyndhurst, Rutherford, East Rutherford, Wallington,
Garfield ¨C deserve a cleaner and usable river too.
The contamination that has spread into Newark Bay
should be removed as well so the Bay can be properly maintained for
its commercial shipping uses.
The most pressing environmental problem facing the Lower
Passaic River is the presence of toxic substances
in the sediment in the riverbed. The back and forth currents
created by ocean tides have been spreading this
contamination up and down the river for a very long time.
These toxic substances include:
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
The Benefits of Cleaning the River
The sediments of the Lower Passaic River are contaminated and
that means the river cannot be used by
humans or other living creatures. We have waited long enough,
cleaning the river now means that:
river could be used for more recreational and
would be safer to fish in the river
wildlife diversity would improve
more businesses could be built near the waterfront
communities could safely and easily enjoy the river
The Status of the Cleanup
1984: The United State Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) identified the Diamond Alkali Property
in Newark as a site containing a large amount of
2003: Congressmen Pascrell and Menendez started the
Lower Passaic River Restoration Project in order to
gain federal assistance for a comprehensive cleanup
June 2007: A draft Focused Feasibility Study was
released that explains options for cleaning the
lower 8 miles.
This study is still being discussed and no decisions
have been made regarding a cleanup
Options for the upper 9 miles have not been
discussed at all.
June 2008: The EPA announced that Occidental
Chemical Corporation and Tierra Solutions (two
companies related to an original polluter) will pay
for a cleanup project in the river directly in front
of the Diamond Alkali Property.
This project will remove highly contaminated
sediment from a strip of riverbed about 0.8
miles long and 100 feet wide.
Details of this plan have yet to be released.
Lower Passaic River Restoration Project Comments
Comments that were prepared by
Anne L. Kruger, Ph.D., Technical Advisor,
Diamond Alkali Superfund Site (Lower Passaic River and Newark
Ella F. Filippone, Executive Administrator, Passaic River
and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
regarding the following topics:
Lower Passaic River
Restoration Project Draft Source Control Early
Action Focused Feasibility Study, June 2007 (FFS) 15
Contamination Assessment & Reduction Project (CARP)
& Lower Passaic River Restoration Project (LPRRP) 9
Lower Passaic River Restoration Project (LPRRP) for
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contaminated
Sediments Technical Advisory Group (CSTAG) 29
Perspectives of Cooperating Parties Group (CPG) on
Lower Passaic River Restoration Project (LPRRP)
Presented to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group
(CSTAG) on 13 February 2008
Comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
National Remedy Review Board (NRRB), Regarding Lower
Passaic River Restoration Project Early Action
Proposals 26 September 2008
Lower Passaic River ¨C
Phase 1 Removal Action, Engineering Evaluation/Cost
Analysis by Tierra Solutions, Inc.
15 December 2008