There has been a lot of recent media coverage about soil testing being conducted throughout Paramus. Members of the Borough Council and I called for proactive environmental tests and established new strict rules requiring environmental professionals to evaluate and test soil at public areas that are frequented by children and families or anytime soil is moved for construction purposes or new soil is taken to public areas.These actions were a direct result of our experience with West Brook Middle School last year as well as our commitment and responsibility to protect the health and well being of you and your family.
As part of these proactive initiatives, we commissioned environmental experts to test soil at the following sites: the Municipal Pool, Sports Plex, Parkway Plex, Petruska Park and the area surrounding the planned mini-golf course. The environmental test results for the Sports Plex, Parkway Plex and Petruska Park showed NO contamination levels above criteria as established by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The test results on the property for the planned mini-golf course, however, showed slightly elevated levels of chlordane, a manufactured chemical that was previously used as a pesticide in the United States up until 1988. And test results from the area surrounding the Municipal Pool revealed slightly elevated levels of dieldrin.
We have contacted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) with regard to the test results. We will also forward to NJDEP our recommended plans for remediation and removal of contaminated soil for their review and consideration. Once our plans are approved by NJDEP the Borough will move immediately to begin the remediation and removal process.
Our new proactive environmental testing policies have worked as intended, requiring aggressive environmental tests in order to confront any potential contamination on public property at the earliest stages of discovery and prevent a repeat of last year’s incident. Paramus is leading the way with regard to proactive policies for environmental testing throughout Bergen County and the entire State.
In closing, I want to assure you that the members of the Borough Council and I remain committed to take necessary action toward safety and well being of all residents. These proactive environmental tests and new environmental requirements are the right thing to do, and as Mayor I will continue to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information on any future findings.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Members of Borough Council or me directly if we can be of any assistance to you or your family.
For continued information visit the Borough web-site at www.Paramusborough.org.
Very truly yours,
Mayor James Tedesco