EPA Proposes Removal of Sayreville Landfill Site from Superfund List

Environmental Law

 

A municipal landfill that operated in the 1970s, the Sayreville Landfill Superfund Site, Sayreville, NJ, no longer causes a threat to human health and the environment. During its operation, the Sayreville Landfill accepted solid waste and industrial waste. In addition, during and after the landfill’s closure, hazardous wastes were also dumped at the Site causing contamination of the soil and groundwater with volatile organic compounds, toxic metals, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (“PAHs”). EPA listed the 30-acre landfill as a superfund site in 1983, and began remedial activities: removing over 30 drums, capping the site, and installing a storm water control system. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) has conducted a review of the Site every five years, the first review completed in 2002. USEPA concluded that the cap continued to protect the public and the environment from any conditions at the Site and proposed to remove the site from the Superfund list. The public comment period will began on August 15, 2011 and will end on September 14, 2011.

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Benefitting From Cool Roofs

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The City of New York has launched its NYC °CoolRoofs initiative for a second season this summer in its effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, the goal of PlaNYC, NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s sustainability plan. The project is very simple. Paint the roof with a white, reflective coating and reap the benefits of lower energy costs, reduced energy usage, lower internal building temperatures, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and enhanced durability of the roof. Black and grey rooftops absorb the sun’s rays, transferring the heat to the building below, and requiring significant amounts of energy to cool.

Under the NYC °CoolRoofs program, reflective coatings are being applied to the rooftops on public, private, and non-profit buildings, resulting in the sun’s radiation being reflected rather than absorbed, and increasing the roofs’ thermal emittance, the relative ability of the roof surface to radiate absorbed heat. A cool roof absorbs 80 percent less heat than traditional roofs and lower indoor air temperatures by up to 30 percent. This can translate into air conditioning cost savings of 10 to 30 percent. The City continues to add the white, reflective coating to its own properties. Local Law 21 of 2011 amended the New York City Building Code requires at least 75 percent of the roof area of applicable new buildings to be covered with cool roof or green technologies. Cool roofs are important in areas like Manhattan because of the “urban heat island” effect, which causes cities to be hotter than surrounding suburban and rural areas.

Cool roofs are not only beneficial in cities, however. Long Island would benefit from a similar program. A conversion to a cool roof would pay for itself in three years through energy savings. Further, the initial costs can be de minimis if the white coating is applied by the building owner rather than by a hired professional. In addition, LIPA offers a $.20/ sq. ft rebate for qualifying building owners. To see the requirements and obtain the rebate application, go to: http://www.lipower.org/commercial/efficiency/coolroofs.html. This very simple and low cost conversion will have a positive environmental impact, and the added benefit of economic savings as heating and cooling costs drop.

For more information on cool roofs and green building, please contact Miriam Villani or Jason Kaplan.

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