Clean Up at Mill Creek Site
EPA has selected the City of Jersey City for a $500,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant to clean up Mill Creek at the southern end of Jersey Avenue. In the late 1800’s, historic fill was placed on the Mill Creek site to allow for urban and railroad development. The northern part of the site was used for industrial storage and heavy industrial purposes such as steel construction, scrap metal processing, metal supply, warehousing, smelting and live stock trade. The site is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) and heavy metals. In addition to the cleanup, grant funds will also be used to carry out community outreach activities.
“This is a substantial grant that will greatly benefit the community and the environment by remediating 24 acres of land plagued by contamination for decades” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “Once remediated, the area will provide increased access to public space for our residents, improved water quality, and enhanced ecological health. Once again, the EPA has enabled us to take the next step forward on this latest project, as we are always looking to improve the quality of life for our overall community.”