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Cap Installation Begins At French's Landfill Site

Carpet-like layer now being applied to former Superfund site

Crews are now in the process of installing a final cap over top of the former French's Landfill site off Sally Ike Road in the township's Herbertsville section.

The 42 acre tract is in the process of receiving the cap, which will consist of what is known as a geosynthetic clay liner, according to Assistant Township Planner Tara Paxton.

A geosynthetic clay liner is one of the most common types of landfill caps, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Last week, crews began rolling out a woven fabric-like layer that unravels like a carpet over the entire site. After the fabric, which is made of a "geotextile" substance, covers the entire landfill site, a layer of clay will be poured on top, and it will be capped with an additional cover layer.

"They roll it out, overlap the edges, then seal the edges with a fine powder," said Paxton. "It has to overlap at every edge."

Once those steps are completed, another layer called a geomat is laid over the site, which helps stabilize the clay liner. Two feet of soil is placed on top of the geomat, and landscaping items such as grass can be planted in the soil.

Paxton said over time, as it rains, the clay will get wet and the entire liner will absorb seal.

"The rain water will flow linearly down the slope of the landfill," said Paxton, and will not interact with whatever substances have been buried at the site, which served as a local dump for more than 30 years.

The process of installing the clay liner will take until the end of June or early July to complete, Paxton said. Then, sometime in July, clean soil can be deposited at the site.

Fencing and landscaping tools are already at the site, which will be seeded when the soil is deposited so the grass can stabilize the soil.

Township officials have signed a redeveloper's agreement to eventually turn the landfill site into a solar farm.

TimeForChange May 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Living in the area of the site, I have to say that they have been doing a very good job of keeping the site organized. The efforts being made to "beautify" the land have been very good. I hope that when it is finished, it will look nice. With the proper landscaping, this area should look "park" like. I do feel bad for the houses that border the site as they have had to put up with an unsightly process right in their backyards. This is temporary though and when finished, the homeowners should be happy with the final product. I hope, anyway.
BBW May 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Under the cap (also could be called a "cover up") buried below lurks unknown material. Rain water may not get down that far because of the cap but water from around the area can leak into the old landfill below the cap and still leech into the area. Ever see a mutant worm? Not pretty!.
TJ May 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Is it not true that studies were done and it has been proven that pollution from this site has already spread from this site? I think this is pretty much a case of too little too late. At least it will look better though and produce some energy, no need to worry about what's underneath and what has already "escaped". Our politicians will gladly claim this a superfund success story though.
Joseph Lamb May 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The Brick Times had an article that Mayor Acropolis and Dr. Kremens of Birdsall Engineering had a meeeting with the area residents of French's Landfill. Dr. Kremen's was quoted as saying that the area where the 158 drums were found was not an area that they intended to cap. I was stunned by the statement because I thought the entire site would be capped. Maybe we can get a clarification on this statement. Dr. Kremens also stated that the height of the landfill was only 10 feet higher than was there originally which drew a lot of criticism from the residents. Anyone driving along the Parkway can attest to the landfill height being at least 20 feet higher.
Joseph Lamb May 24, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The federal government provides money to clean up superfund sites but Brick didn't receive a penny even though it cost us $12 million. Why is that?
Mrgrumpass May 24, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Good old Joe Lamb Fact fabricator and fire starter, Joe many of us here wouldn’t believe you if you told us we were in the month of MAY!
J.JONES May 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Agreed this area needed to be cleaned up but not at taxpayers expense..Waste of money with to long to wait for return..More spending ..
BBW May 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Birdsall Engineering yup the same outfit under investigation by the state..... copy and paste http://www.app.com/article/20120502/NJNEWS/305020107/NJ-investigators-search-Birdsall-engineering-offices. Something is as fishy as the old dump site? Maybe an odor from 2 sources?
Ryan Meyers May 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Why the attack ? Do you have an answer for his question ? It seems like a reasonable enough question, if the numbers are true.
TimeForChange May 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
If I recall from previous articles, if we didn't do it, the Federal Government would have done it and then billed the town, which would have cost a lot more than what it is costing now. Daniel Nee can correct me if I am wrong. I believe that he covered those articles.
TimeForChange May 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Ryan, because that is what Mrgrumpass does. No real information or substance, just flaming posts about others. A regular "Mr. Negativity", in my opinion.
TimeForChange May 25, 2012 at 02:39 AM
How long ago was the article in The Brick Times? I am curious. What part of the site was the 158 barrels found? I ask because I live in a development that borders the sight.
Daniel Nee (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 03:28 AM
TimeForChange -- That is exactly correct. Brick really didn't have a choice in the matter.
Jim May 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Prime real estate for invasive bamboo. Maybe a splash park too.
Joseph Lamb May 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Why was Brick the only town in the state of N.J. with 115 superfund sites that had to clean up the site at their own expense? This doesn't pass the smell or logic test.
Joseph Lamb May 25, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Time for a Change - I don't remember the date of the article but you can pull up old editions of the Brick Times on their website. bricktimes.micromediapubs.com/
John C May 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Joseph Lamb, you have been silent for many months? Why no complaints and made up facts and figures against the new council majority that have basically implemented the plans of the former council that they replaced?
J.JONES May 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Joseph Lamb is getting like everyone else in this town ..we speak our mind and it goes no where they keep spending,no cuts..Im just fed up over this town ..Hope I didn't upset you .its just my opinion ..SOMEONE HELP US !!!
WMS826 February 20, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Glad they did this...now there is no doubt there is a landfill there....hope we can sell our homes now.

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