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April 11, 2019 5:22 PM

Environment Incident-Wag baseball fields

HazMat at the auxiliary parking lot at the Wag fields - area evacuated, awaiting more info - Please avoid the area = streets, Lincoln, Wag at Lafayette Aves.

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April 15, 2019 2:24 PM

Gateway to the Passaic River : On behalf of the Hawthorne Environmental Commission, we would like to thank the Hawthorne Police, Hawthorne Fire Department, Passaic County Sheriff Office, Passaic County Hazmat, and NJDEP to responding to Hawthorne's environmental incident at the overflow lot on Wagaraw Road last Thursday, April 11, 2019. Our contractor, Downes Tree Service was building two rain gardens at the entrance of the existing pathway to the Passaic River. These two rain gardens will capture the stormwater runoff from the existing parking lot. The larger rain garden (400 sq.ft.) was excavated and backfilled with soil. There were NO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS OR OBSERVED STAINED AND DISCOLORED SOIL found in this rain garden.
During the digging of the second rain garden (200 sq. ft.), Downes uncovered a single canister and it was punctured by the machine emitting a chemical. Immediately, local authorities were notified and took appropriate action to protect our residents and businesses. NJDEP identified the chemical as "Methyltricholosilane," removed the canister and all surrounding contamined soil. NJDEP did not identify any additional canisters in the immediate area of the rain garden.
With the NJDEP cleanup complete, the parking lot and the adjacent ballfields are safe to use. The rain garden project is on hold for now. The Environmental Commission is working with the Mayor's Administration to conduct a further investigation of the area.
Again, I would like to thank everyone involved who ensured that our contractor employees, residents and businesses were protected from the environmental incident.