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Brick's Sandy Debris Sites Come Out Clean in OSHA Tests

Dust particles tested by government agency

Two sites in Brick that handle debris material left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy were tested by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and found to be free of hazardous substances in the surrounding air.

The agency tested the debris removal site at the former Foodtown lot on Route 70 as well as the Brick Beach III parking lot on Route 35 – where sand is sifted before being returned to the beach – about two weeks ago, the agency said.

Inspectors used machines to test the total dust at each site, and at both, zero milligrams per meter were detected.

Other local sites did show limited amounts of some contaminents – such as 168 parts per million of carbon monoxide at Funtown Pier in Seaside Heights in the space where workers were cleaning up debris near a running generator, or .04 milligrams per meter of dust at a sand sifting site there – but nothing that exceeded permissible federal levels.

The purpose of the sampling was to measure potential or actual employee exposure to potential health hazards during recovery operations, OSHA said in a statement.

Sampling was conducted in a variety of locations throughout the storm affected areas. The results of the first round of sampling show that while some contaminants were present, such as carbon monoxide, asbestos and silica, they had not exceeded any of OSHA’s permissible exposure limits.

"These initial results should not be taken by employers as an 'all clear' signal regarding potential exposure to health hazards," said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York, in a statement. "It is important that each employer continually ensure that workers are not overexposed. Employers can accomplish this by performing site assessments to determine potential hazards and institute effective measures to protect workers against exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos, lead and mold."

Brick Township is continuing to collect debris from the storm. Once it is collected, it is taken to the Route 70 site, and from there, it is sent in large quantities at a time to the Ocean County Landfill in Manchester.

Ocean County took over debris management services shortly after cleanup from Sandy began.

Christopher Salvato January 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM
That's nice but what about all the trash blowing around rt 70 and brick blvd in the area. Bit looks terrible. The town looks like trash. Clean this place up.
Jerome Polack January 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Ex NJ Gov. Whitman, then Head of EPA, also said the air at the World Trade Center Site was acceptable and safe.....We all know how well that worked out....
DennyD January 16, 2013 at 01:37 PM
How about the river behind the parking lot? No contaminents washed into it? Was it even checked? Have to believe if it was and was found to be okay they would have mentioned it.
Slippery Slope January 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Chief Wahoo, check this out....LITTLE EGG HARBOR — A municipal employee, who is also the daughter of Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $40,000 from township taxpayers. Asbury park press Special treatment? Unbelievable.
Resident January 16, 2013 at 02:46 PM
With all the talk of the cost of rebuilding, I wonder if any effort was/is being put forth to reclaim and recycle any of the boardwalk wood? How many twps had the trex decking that could be unscrewed and reused in some fashion to keep the cost down. All I see are heaping mounds of debris but no thought towards salvaging the good from the bad as it is lowered into dump trucks.
Mike January 16, 2013 at 03:16 PM
You get the government you vote for.
Joseph Woolston Brick January 16, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I know that the debris at Foodtown is temporary and a necessity, I get so sad every time I pass it. Not because of the mess and it looks like hell, that will pass and be gone one day, the sadness comes from the reality that in that pile are people's possessions, things that made up their lives they can never be replace along with parts of peoples homes that can be replaced, but although the homes will be rebuilt will never be the same.
Chief Wahoo January 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
and in 100 years all of us here today, will be gone.......toughen up
John C January 16, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Glad it tested safe but you have to wonder how much of the "concern" expressed here is just the beginning of fake concern, finger pointing and attacks that will build into this years campaign for mayor and 3 council seats.
Mrgrumpass January 16, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Is this the child of Freeholder Kelly who wants to be sheriff? Oh $hit this looks great for the Freeholder! LOL!!!!!
KC January 16, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Agree! I keep saying the same. It is not just that location either.
KC January 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Apple/tree!
KC January 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Don't toughen up, Joe, stay golden!
KC January 16, 2013 at 06:54 PM
The winter of our discontent, best and worst of times.
Ken January 17, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Under the circumstances I think the town did a pretty good job with the Foodtown site. Aside from the trash on Rt. 70 which most likely will now be picked up what I saw was ok. It looked like several layers of hay bales were placed near the Forge Pond side to prevent debris from getting to the water.
jerzey fish January 17, 2013 at 03:06 AM
people complaining about the trash on rt 70 if you have nothing better to do get your ass away from the computer and go pick it up the town has done a pretty good job considering the scope of work
clamdigger January 17, 2013 at 04:02 AM
all this stuff should have been the homeowners responsibility to have carted away, not placed out on the curb for the township to take away. homeowners could have called in professional services or got the "big green" bag advertised and covered the cost at their own expense not expect the Twp to take away everything. this would have put money back into the economy, put people to work and allowed DPW workers to tend to regular duties rather than get out and pick up the crap people put to the curb.
JAM January 17, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Thank you fish, people gripping as usual and doing little.
JAM January 17, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Yea, because those people really don't have enough expense to deal with already, having lost many of their possessions including food!
clamdigger January 17, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I know many people had to hire professional tree service to take care of downed trees so what's the difference? It goes w/ the territory of being a home/property owner.
Tom Cular January 20, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Trust me, I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.

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