With the use of innovative remediation solutions, a major site cleanup project In Marlboro, New Jersey, finally came to completion earlier this month.
According to the Atlantic Highlands Herald, a 25-year cleanup of Imperial Oil's New Jersey Site is now over, thanks to a collaborated effort by many environmental groups. The initiative was led by Superfund, a nation-wide organization designed to clean sites of hazardous waste, but many credit New Jersey Freeholder Lillian Burry for getting the ball rolling.
Burry had served as chairwoman of the League of Women Voters in the 1960s and 1970s, and the issues at Imperial Oil were one of the group's major concerns. However, despite her best efforts, Burry's pleas were met with little assistance. According to Burry, as time went on, the situation at Imperial Oil got worse.
"We found that groundwater contamination went into a brook and fed into Lake Lefferts," Burry said. "We weren't taken too seriously, but it did eventually capture the attention of people concerned about our environment and that's when the talk of Superfund came into play."
When Superfund, which formed in 1980, joined the legion of Burry's supporters, planning escalated and soon the cleanup project began. Superfund offered $33 million to help with the efforts and the prolonged affair allowed for the creation of several jobs.
Today, after all these years, the global oil company's New Jersey site is now a beautiful area surrounded by trees and clean rushing water. While the concentrated efforts of many involved parties surely played an enormous role in the project's overwhelming success, the use of remediation technologies was immensely helpful.
Businesses beginning massive cleanup projects may want to contact a soil and water remediation technology provider. These providers can help cleanup organizations garner the best tools to ensure a timely completion of the project.