After repeated public requests have been ignored by the Giangeruso Administration and their Township Attorney, Carmine Alampi, Esq., the three page letter below was formally sent today to the Lyndhurst Township government by Lyndhurst07071.com publisher David Sivella’s attorney, CJ Griffin, Esq., of Pashman, Stein, Walter and Hayden.
The letter demands, on Sivella’s behalf, legal public access to environmental documents in the Township’s possession for the former auto body shop site, and proofs of environmental code compliance in demolishing the structures and hauling away construction debris and ground soil.
The Lyndhurst Township government bought the site in question this summer, where an auto body shop building that appeared to have asbestos shingles covering it and likely potential ground contamination was quickly torn down and hauled away.
The Township is overseeing this questionable operation within feet of private homes and the new Middle School which will be opened to children within a month.
A report was also filed with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
See the videos below for background details.
And meet Carmine Alampi, Esq., the Township Attorney whose word the Giangeruso Administration wants you to “trust” …
…maybe Lyndhurst should “show us” the environmental documents, just to be safe.
How environmentally dangerous are Auto Body shops?
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Investigate Potential Soil Contamination
FENDER BENDER Auto Body Shop News, August 1, 2007 Carin Rosengren
History: It’s a subject that probably hasn’t seemed important since junior high and has long since been relegated to the corner of one’s mind labeled “Things to Forget.” Most famous for an ability to repeat itself, one of history’s lesser-known tendencies is to reach through the ground it was buried in years before and throw dirt lest anyone forget it was there.
A rural shop in Dekalb County, Ill., whose owner has been restoring cars and painting recreation vehicles there for 20 years, awaits the results of a second environmental study on the property, which the city is in the process of buying. The facility dates back to the 1800s when it was used as a feed mill, a welding shop and for snowmobile storage, and because of its age, the building may have asbestos, lead paint and harmful chemicals found in older electrical equipment. More contamination is likely from the leaking drums and debris found elsewhere on the property, but its proximity to long-used railroad tracks practically guaranteed that the environmental testing would be needed.
Perhaps a more common example has a Boston shop owner tiptoeing around his contaminated body shop grounds these days, careful not to say too much before a signed purchase offer is finalized and the shop’s biggest accounts are safely intact throughout the sale process. The owner is hopeful about the prospects for the sale, however, despite a previous offer falling though when a potential buyer learned how much it would cost to correct the property’s soils.
“I bought this property 26 years ago,” says the shop owner, who requested anonymity until the business transaction is complete. “It has been a nightmare.”
BEFORE THE LAWS
Conservatively, there are approximately 200,000 abandoned gas stations and other vacant sites with petroleum contamination, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has been partnering for years with state and local leaders to sustain development and preserve green space by cleaning up these “brownfields,” which are often on corner lots and other prime locations.
It is not uncommon to find collision repair shops today that were built on former gas station sites or that were renovated into body shops from another use. But owners and buyers of these properties beware: Used-up gas, diesel and oil storage tanks might still lurk beneath the surface and, in places they were removed, the contamination they seeped might still be in place. But no matter when it happened, the current property owner is faced with a dirtied parcel’s sullied past.
While every state has different requirements, in general if you own a property, you are what’s called the responsible party and have liability for it, says Dave Belyea of the Land Quality Division in the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
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