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NJDEP regulations say capping contaminated soil is not permitted – All soil must be removed

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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood officials received this advisory from NJDEP in late 2023:

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Ridgewood Village Manager Co-hosted Political Fundraiser with NJDEP Commissioner

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Ridgewood NJ, we are awaiting the findings on soil testing at Schedler for dangerous contamination, and the recommendations of the New Jersey Department of environmental protection.

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Delay in Artificial Turf Field Plan at Historic Zabriskie-Schedler House Due to Soil Contamination

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Ridgewood NJ, a controversial plan to construct an artificial turf field at the historic Zabriskie-Schedler House in Ridgewood has been put on indefinite hold after soil tests revealed contamination. The soil, used to build a noise reduction berm, was found to contain lead, mercury, and two probable carcinogens: Benz(a)Anthracene and Benz(a)pyrene.

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Keystone Cops reminiscent missteps in notification of Schedler environmental test results to Ridgewood’s officials and residents

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Ridgewood NJ, although intended to calm nerves, the well rehearsed/scripted “notification of test results timeline” presented by Mayor Paul Vagianos (with the assistance of Matrix Engineering representatives) during this past Wednesday evening’s Village Council Work Session did quite the opposite.

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Village employees who worked near soil at Schedler site voice concerns over possible short & long term health effects

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Ridgewood NJ, here’s what several Village employees have recently posted on The Ridgewood Blog about possible health issues related to their work at the former Schedler property. All entries here are verbatim posts taken copied from our site:

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BREAKING – Sources of contaminated soil at Schedler revealed to Ridgewood Village Council

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Ridgewood NJ, representatives of the environmental testing company hired by the Village of Ridgewood informed Village Council members during Wednesday night’s Work Session where the contaminated soil dumped at Schedler came from.

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An Open Letter to the Ridgewood Village Council – Remediation of Soil Contamination at Schedler

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Ridgewood Village Council Members:
Regarding the discovery of potentially contaminated soil on the former Schedler property, it is the considered opinion of The Ridgewood Blog that Ridgewood taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay a dime if site remediation is required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), or if an environmental clean up is just a prudent action to take on the Village’s part. Either the Village’s liability insurance carrier or the liability insurance carriers of other involved parties should be tasked with covering any costs linked to site remediation.

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Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation: Bald Eagles and Ospreys Proposed for De-Listing in New Jersey

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Trenton NJ, in a landmark announcement, the Murphy Administration has proposed removing the bald eagle and osprey from New Jersey’s endangered species list, marking decades of successful restoration efforts. Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette made the announcement today, emphasizing the significant progress made in conserving these iconic birds.

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Increased Bear Sightings in North Jersey Spark Community Attention

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Cresskill NJ, on Thursday Cresskill Police reported a Bear sighting. Bear sightings in North Jersey have become more common in densely populated counties, while slightly less frequent in rural areas, according to recent official data.

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Contamination Found at Schedler Property in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, Perhaps a reminder ,New Jersey is sometimes referred to as the “Soprano State” due to its association with the popular television series “The Sopranos.” The show, created by David Chase, aired on HBO from 1999 to 2007 and centered around the life of mob boss Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, and his family. Continue reading Contamination Found at Schedler Property in Ridgewood

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NJDEP: New Jersey’s Shore and lake Communities are Summer-season Ready

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Cape May NJ, New Jersey’s shore and lake communities are summer-season ready for visitors, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said today during the State of the Shore event in Asbury Park that followed his annual observation flight ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The Commissioner also encouraged visitors and residents to be mindful of the health effects of extreme heat this summer, a growing concern as climate change impacts worsen.

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Ridgewood Village’s New Park: A Troubling Tale of Eminent Domain and Unmet Promises

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Ridgewood NJ, in August 2021, the Ridgewood Village Council unveiled a proposal during a Public Work Session to acquire the former Town Garage property on Franklin Avenue via eminent domain. The council’s vision was to transform this site, located near South Walnut Street, into a pocket park—a green space for community enjoyment rather than a parking lot.

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New Jersey’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program Annual Youth Fishing Challenge

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Old Tappan NJ, NJDEP Fish & Wildlife’s Hooked on Fishing Program is hosting the 9th Annual Youth Fishing Challenge (YFC) statewide to introduce youth, ages 20 and younger, to freshwater fishing and to encourage children to avoid drugs, alcohol and tobacco by pursuing fun activities.

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NJ DEP Addresses Lead Contamination in Residential Settings

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Ridgewood NJ, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) is taking decisive action to address lead contamination in residential settings by proposing a significant reduction in the standard for soil remediation.

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The Village of Ridgewood is Starting Condemnation Proceedings Against the Owner of Former Town Garage

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Ridgewood NJ, looks like the Village of Ridgewood is starting condemnation proceedings against the owner of former Town Garage property at 120 Franklin Avenue .

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