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A Better Remedy for the Lower Passaic River

Once a thriving center for recreation and commerce, the Lower Passaic River has become a classic example of an abused urban waterway. Problems include dioxin contamination at the river bottom from the former Diamond Shamrock plant in Newark, overflows of raw sewage from sewage treatment plants and urban runoff from streets, sidewalks and roofs.

It is a multi-faceted problem that requires a holistic solution. The areas of highest contamination must be quickly removed from the river bottom, allowing the slow healing that has begun in recent years to accelerate. These targeted removals would reduce risk from surface sediment by about 80 percent in five years. Simultaneously, fast action is needed to address the flow of pollution from runoff and sewage plant overflows that continues to degrade the river and watershed every day.

These actions are embodied in a cleanup program known as the Sustainable Remedy for the Lower Passaic. This Sustainable Remedy is the most effective way to make the River better faster and accelerate the process of returning the Lower Passaic Watershed to what it once was.

Find out more about the Sustainable Remedy for the Lower Passaic


CPG's comments to the EPA's proposed FFS
List of Attached Documents for the Administrative Record


History of the Lister Avenue Facility
Site Specific Human Health Risk Assessment

Discount Rate Analysis and Navigational Dredging Disproportionate Cost vs. Benefit Discussion
Dredging Production Rates and Time Estimates

Initial Estimates of Traffic and Rail Transit Delays from Bridge Openings in the Lower Passaic River
Monetary Value of the Increased Travel Time and Delay

Review of the April 11, 2014 USEPA Focused Feasibility Study for the Lower Eight Miles of the Lower Passaic RIver
Rail Feasibility Review of USEPA FFS
Review of the Lower Eight Miles of the Lower Passaic River Focused Feasibility Study Report
Summary of RM 10.9 Lessons Learned
Microbial Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Surface Water of the Lower Passaic River Study Area
Differences between 2007 Early Action FFS and 2014 FFS & RI
Technical Assistance Services for Communities Comments
Analysis of Catch Preferences of Lower Passaic River Study Area Anglers
Creel Angler Survey Data Report


Focused Feasibility Study
Remedial Investigation Conceptual Site Model Modeling

Human Health Risk Assessment
Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment 

Ecological Preliminary Remediation Goals

Technical Case for the Sustainable Remedy
Summary and Specific Examples of Region 2's Failure to Rely on Internal and External Technical Reviews