The Town of Kearny retained Excel to complete a Preliminary Assessment (PA) for due diligence purposes before acquiring this former fuel oil distribution facility in order to redevelop this tract and other properties along the Passaic River into a greenway and open space/recreational area. Excel applied for and obtained an HDSRF Grant to complete the PA. The PA findings indicated that NJDEP issued a soils-only No Further Action however, groundwater remains an open issue.
Kearny also applied for a grant from the Green Acres Program in order to fund a portion of the development of the park and recreational area but was unable to receive this grant because of the open groundwater issue. Once a site-wide RAO is issued, Green Acres can release the funding. The Town retained Excel to opt into as LSRP for the site and expedite the groundwater investigation in order to obtain the critical Green Acres funding.
Excel presented a scope of work to the Town to evaluate groundwater as the LSRP of record on an expedited schedule and determine a pathway to support issuance of a Response Action Outcome. Based on two consecutive rounds of groundwater data from all onsite wells, no target compounds were reported above the Class IIA Groundwater Quality Criteria.
Excel prepared a Groundwater Remedial Investigation Report and Remedial Action Report documenting the sampling data, properly sealed and abandoned all site wells and also prepared the required Receptor Evaluation and Response Action Outcome shell letter and form.
NJDEP accepted the RAO submittal and the Green Acres funding disbursement is pending.