April 2016 Newsletter

April 5, 2016


Spring is here and your lawn and garden awaits your attention as does everything else you didn't get to outside before last winter! Its great to see the children outside running and playing instead of being cooped up in the house. I'm sure we adults could do with some similar outside activity. Put those fitbits to good use!

NYC Affordable Housing

The following is an open letter from Mayor Bil DeBlasio.

NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio stated that in working with the City Council, we won the most progressive, strongest affordable housing requirements in the country-something that means this WILL remain OUR city for generations.

We just changed the rules of the game in two major ways.

First-New York City now has the strongest affordable housing requirement for developers of any city in the nation. Our new rules say that developers can ONLY build in newly rezoned neighborhoods if they build affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families.

Second-we made major updates to decades-old land-use rules-rules from a time before anyone could imagine the cost of housing being what it is today. Our new rules have cleared the way to build more senior affordable housing more quickly, because our elders deserve to live in dignity in the communities they helped to build.

These two leaps are critical as we undertake the largest and most ambitious affordable housing program in the history of this country.

Our plan will secure 200,000 affordable apartments by 2024-enough for half a million people. It's a plan that delivers for seniors, for people with disabilities, for veterans and for working people of all kinds-from carwash workers to teachers and first responders.

We won't let people be pushed aside because they can't afford this city.

We are protecting the city we were meant to be-One New York We ALL Can Live In.

In solidarity,
Mayor Bill de Blasio

NAPL Reporting Requirements:

When Jed Clampett came across the "Bubbling crude, black gold, Texas tea, Oil that is" it was a great day for the Clampetts. When your environmental consultant comes across free-product in soil borings or in monitoring wells on your property it's a nightmare. This floating free-product is known as Light Non-aqueous Phase Liquid or LNAPL. At the bottom of a boring or well, it is known as a Dense Non-aqueous Phase Liquid or DNAPL. It is important to keep in mind that you and/or your clients have the responsibility to report this unfortunate NAPL discovery.

For NAPL discoveries at a regulated site in New Jersey, you and your LSRP need to remember the following regulatory timeframes with respect to reporting and subsequent activities:

  1.  Immediately notify the NJDEP hotline at 1-877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337)
  2. Complete the Confirmed Discharge Notification Form CDN) form within 14 days of reporting the NAPL.
  3. Complete the NAPL Reporting Form (LRF) within 60 days and conduct initial NAPL recovery, if practical.
  4. Complete the delineation of the NAPL and initiate NAPL Interim Remedial Measures (IRM) to prevent migration and reduce the mass of NAPL within 1-year.

Unregulated Heating Oil Tank Sites (UHOT); tanks used strictly for heating purposes and under 1,000 gallons, are not subject to mandatory timeframes pursuant to N.J.S.A.58:10C-30 d.(1); however, the regulatory timeframes for responding to the presence of NAPL are applicable and use of the NAPL technical guidance is encouraged.

For more information on the guidelines, refer to this document.

Click here for the New York State Department of Evironmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Spill Reporting and Initial Notification Requirements - Technical Field Guidance.

Lead In Drinking Water

Flint Michigan is not the only city in the US where lead concentrations in drinking water are a problem. Unfortunately according to this article, there are 11 cities in New Jersey alone that have worse lead conditions in their potable water than Flint. For helpful hints on "managing" your drinking water check this document from New York City. Finally, the NYC 2015 Drinking Water Supply and Quality Report is available here. Your local potable water provider in every state should also have available a copy of their water quality analytical results for your review upon request.

Equity will be exhibiting at the 9th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Haxardous Waste Sites (DCHWS 2016) in Philadelphia, PA on April 20 - 22, 2016. We hope to see you there!

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