New Jersey state officials have announced a new $39.4 million project that will wall off the state’s 94-acre Meadowlands landfill to prevent oil, insecticides, sewage sludge and a slew of other toxic waste from leaching into the Passaic River.
The containment wall will be able to hold the tens of thousands of gallons of wastewater that leaches into surrounding waterways daily. In addition, as much as 83,000 gallons of leachate will be collected daily with the new system and sent to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority’s plant for treatment, and landfill gases will be captured and burned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
NorthJersey.com has more details:
The landfill opened in the 1970s on a plot of land sandwiched between the New Jersey Turnpike and Route 280, with NJ Transit and Amtrak lines bordering its south side.
The landfill took in a host of industrial material, including 1.5 million gallons of waste oil, pharmaceuticals, sewage sludge, asphalt sludge and insecticides. The DEP would later discover volatile chemicals and heavy metals in the surrounding soil, groundwater, surface water and river sediment.