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December 2001

The facts and opinions expressed are those of Bruce Anderson

Please attend the up coming EPA meetings on "Air Modeling, Air Monitoring, and Contingency Plans" in reference to the cleanup of the Ciba Geigy superfund site in Toms River, NJ

The EPA will be holding meetings on December 10, 2001 and January 16, 2002 on "Air Modeling, Air Monitoring, and Contingency Plans". We have expressed concerns about the potential impact that the cleanup could pose to the children attending the West Dover school since it is located next to the Ciba Geigy superfund site. First, our concerns are with air monitoring, and the emergency actions planned should an air release or elevated levels be headed towards that school. Second, that the parents and the public be advised what precautionary actions are being taken. History has shown that we cannot solely rely on our government officials to ensure our safety, the public must help protect the children.

In 1995, the EPA failed to monitor for off site releases from the Reich Farm superfund site during thermal desorption (incineration) of the soil on that site, here in Toms River, NJ.

In comments to the EPA we requested real time monitoring via the internet so the citizens of Toms River could monitor the cleanup and feel some what more secure. This monitoring could provide inputs from the air monitoring stations including; airborne concentrations, wind direction, visual pictures of the cleanup area, and more.

Slightly Elevated Levels of a Nuclear Fission Byproduct Found
in Toms River, NJ, Dust Study


Cesium 137 a byproduct of nuclear fission has been detected in older homes, mainly those built before 1980's, as part of the attic dust study that has been conducted in Toms River, NJ. The study suggests a small fraction of this radionuclide may have come from the Oyster Creek Nuclear power plant in Lacey Township. The largest emission releases reported from the Oyster Creek nuclear plant were between 1975 to 1981 and seem to be connected to higher levels of Cesium-137 found in the attic dust in older homes during that period. The largest majority of Cesium-137 came from nuclear weapons testing that happened in the 1950's and 1960's.

In the past, Oyster Creek has had other problems with radionuclides being outside it's fence line. The NJ DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) is aware of slightly contaminated radioactive soil on the old farm property located directly across from the nuclear power plant. The source of this contamination is believed to be from the dredging of the discharge canal of the plant and this silt being deposited on the farm property.



Parkway Well Field Samples
Wells 22, 24, and 29
Sampled April 11 through July 12, 2001


Date
Sampled

Well 22

Well 24

Well 29

April 11, 2001

Untreated:
Chloroform: 0.3
MTBE: 0.6
Trimer: <0.03
Simazine: 0.02J

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

Trimer: <0.03

Untreated:
MTBE: 0.3J
Trimer: <0.03

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

May 9,
2001

Untreated:
Not Sampled

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

Trimer: <0.03 Fluorene: 0.002J

Untreated:
Not Sampled

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

June 7,
2001

Untreated:
Not Sampled

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

Chloroform: 0.1 Trimer: <0.03

Untreated:
Not Sampled

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

July 12,
2001

Untreated:
Chloroform: 0.3
MTBE: 0.8
Trimer: <0.03

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled

Chloroform: 0.1
MTBE: 0.1J
Trimer: <0.03

Untreated:
MTBE: 0.5
Trimer: <0.03

After GAC Treatment
Not Sampled




Parkway Well Field Samples
Point of Entry and Well 44
Sampled April 11 through July 12, 2001


Date
Sampled

Well 44

Parkway Point of Entry

April 11,
2001

Well not in
operation,
no sample

Chloroform: 0.2
Bromodichloromethane: 0.3
Dibromochloromethane: 0.5
Bromoform: 0.3J
MTBE: 0.4
Trimer: <0.03

May 9,
2001

Chloroform: 0.1
MTBE: 0.3J
Trimer: <0.03

Chloroform: 0.2
Bromodichloromethane: 0.2
Dibromochloromethane: 0.3
Bromoform: 0.1J
MTBE: 0.3J
Trimer: <0.03

June 7,
2001

Chloroform: 0.2
Trimer: <0.03

Chloroform: 0.2
Bromodichloromethane: 0.1
Dibromochloromethane: 0.2
Trimer: <0.03

July 12,
2001

Chloroform: 0.2
MTBE: 0.4J
Trimer: <0.03

Chloroform: 0.2
Bromodichloromethane: 0.2
Dibromochloromethane: 0.3
MTBE: 0.3J
Trimer: <0.03




  • Several important meetings are scheduled, for further details look under "Local Events" on the sidebar or click on this link.
  • The previous cover page can be found under "RESOURCES", Previous Month's Cover Pages.