June 21, 2019 

  • All landfilling operations in Area 4 of Phase 3 have been completed. 
  • The active area of the landfill is now fully moved to a location that is further away from Shafto Road. 
  • This area is better protected from wind and precipitation, which will further reduce any odors. 
  • Additionally, a more durable, weather resistant material is being used on the landfill that will further contain odors and liquids produced.
  • The contractor, who is installing the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS), has begun procuring pipe, fittings, and equipment to replace what was lost in the fire last week. 
  • The positioning and welding of pipe sections for installation of the LGCS is expected to begin next week.
  • Two Neutraline Vapor Systems have been converted to solar power, which will require less maintenance and power usage.
  • There have been no odor complaints to the Monmouth County Health Department or DEP since June 5.

June 13, 2019  

  • As many of you are aware, there was a fire last night at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center.
  • The Monmouth County Fire Marshal was on the scene and is leading the active investigation.
  • Due to the suspicious nature of the event, the matter is being referred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. The Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing video surveillance and conducting additional investigations to determine the cause and origin at a later date.
  • With that said, I would like to clarify that the event was unrelated to the Reclamation Center's normal operations or the installation of capital improvements related to odor control.
  • I am grateful to all of the firefighters and emergency personnel who responded to the fire and those who are investigating its cause. I will send out more information as soon as it becomes available.

June 7, 2019

  • The construction of the permanent Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) is about to begin.
  • Thanks to the cooperation of Waste Management, their subcontractor will begin to mobilize their equipment on site starting Monday, June 10th and will begin the welding of the pipes to connect all 49 wells to the permanent LGCS.
  • As we stated at the last public meeting in Tinton Falls, there will be more than 11 miles of pipe that has to be welded together then placed in position connecting all of the wells to the “header,” which will collect all of the gas for processing.
  • For the past two weeks, most of the material and supplies were brought to the site and stored for easy access for the subcontractor who will construct the system.
  • We anticipate that the construction of the header tying all wells together into the collection system will take 10 to 12 weeks to be completed.
  • Again, this schedule could be interrupted by weather conditions. But, we anticipate that this portion of the overall corrective action should be completed no later than October 1, 2019.

 May 31, 2019

  • The County has been advised that the Neutraline 7030SF Manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) has been updated since the initial posting of the MSDS for the product. The MSDS originally posted to the County website was developed in August 2016.
  •  Accordingly, we are now posting the January 2017 Updated MSDS on the County website as well as the MSDS that has been there since the beginning of the use of Neutralene 7030SF.
  • Because of health concerns and warnings in the MSDS from August 2016, the Neutraline product has been changed to make it safer through the removal of specific ingredients. The changes reflect the concern that the manufacturer, Air Care Technology LLC, had regarding the potential impact of their product on human reproduction, fish and other aquatic species.
  • According to Air Care Technology LLC, the reformulation of the product took more than a few months because each odor counteractant blend required its own unique system to achieve an acceptable uniform mixture.
  • The MSDS issued in August 2016 was reviewed and deemed a safe product by our safety consultant. 
  • The bottom line is that as a result of the health concerns for workers who handle the product as well as the general public, specific ingredients were removed. It is important to note that the Neutraline 7030SF, reflected in the MSDS from January 2017, is the only product that has been utilized in the MCRC.

 May 24, 2019

  • For this week’s update, I wanted to address some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Monmouth County Reclamation Center.
  • I have compiled a list of these questions and posted them here: https://bit.ly/2YNsK1U

May 17, 2019

  • I want to thank all of the residents who joined me on Monday, May 13 in Tinton Falls to discuss the progress that has been made as well as the current work being done at the landfill. 
  • As I said on Monday, the public meeting will serve as my weekly update.
  • For those who may have missed the meeting, the presentation is available here.

May 10, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • I hope that you are planning to join me at the public meeting I am hosting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue.
  • I would like to recap what we have accomplished and where we are going in the next several weeks.
  • Action Plan Improvements:
    • Slope repair was completed by Dec. 21, 2018.
    • Odor neutralization has been complete and operational since Feb. 15, 2019.
    • Well Field drilling and build-out has been complete since April 11, 2019.
    • The wells have been successfully tied into the interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) as of today, May 10, 2019. This will result in an immediate increase in gas collection, by an additional 55%, and therefore a significant reduction in odors.
    • The construction of the permanent LGCS is on schedule for May 20 through June 26, 2019.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

May 3, 2019   

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • I am happy to report that the interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) will be completed sooner than we originally anticipated. The interim LGCS is expected to be fully operational by May 8th. This will result in the capture of at least 80% of the collectible methane gas in the landfill which will result in a further significant reduction in odors.
  • We are on schedule for the delivery of materials and construction of the permanent LGCS, which is anticipated to take four to six weeks to complete once the materials are delivered.
  • It has been brought to my attention that there may be some misinformation going around regarding a NJDEP violation notice issued to the Monmouth County Reclamation Center and I would like to clarify this matter.
  • It is true that New Jersey DEP issued a notice of violation against the Reclamation Center for odors. However, the dates cited in this violation were in January 2019. As you are aware, there has been a significant amount of work done at the Reclamation Center to remediate these odors since January. 
  • I would also like to point out that the County has not received any further notices of odor violations. 
  • As a reminder, I hope you will join me at the public meeting I am hosting on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue.
  • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled. We have been able to drill 52 wells and about half of them have been temporarily tied into the existing vacuum system.
  • On Friday, April 19, there will be a delivery of piping and other materials that will used to create an interim gas collection system tying all of the wells into the existing vacuum system.
  • On Monday, April 22, a crew will begin the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. It is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
  • Over the next two weeks, contractors will be reviewing the plans for the permanent LGCS and providing pricing. In addition, the materials will be ordered and delivered for the permanent LGCS. It is anticipated that the permanent LGCS will take between four to six weeks to complete as contractors will be installing over 17,000 linear feet of pipe. At the end of this stage, we will have installed the permanent gas collection system; the permanent leachate collection system as well as the new vacuum lines to continue to improve the collection of gas and control of the odors.
  • As I have said before, the LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. This process to collect gas, which is one of the main causes for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
  • The other main accomplishment that has been recognized has been the decrease of the active landfill area, which was another source of odors. As you will recall, we had designated a specific crew to focus on shrinking the active face of the landfill as well as increasing the daily cover to meet the requirement that the daily garbage that is placed in the landfill be covered with a mix of materials to a depth of 6-12 inches of cover. This crew had been achieving that, which is another reason that the odors have been diminishing.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

 

April 26, 2019    

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • I have received many requests for a public meeting regarding the Monmouth County Reclamation Center and the County’s efforts regarding the odors associated with the landfill.
  • I wanted you to know that I have scheduled a meeting for May 13 at 7 p.m. in Tinton Falls.
  • At this meeting, I look forward to providing an in-person update on the progress that has been made as well as the current work being done at the landfill. I will be addressing specific questions and concerns that have been raised and discussing the next steps the County will be taking over the coming weeks.
  • The meeting will be held at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building, 556 Tinton Avenue, and I have invited Senator Gopal, Tinton Falls Mayor and Council, NJDEP and the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission.
  • I hope you will join me to continue our open dialogue about everything that has been going on at the landfill and the future plans for remediation efforts.
  • As of today, all of the wells have successfully been tied into the existing vacuum system and a crew began the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete.
  • As I stated last week, it is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
  • We anticipate having the wells tied into the interim LGCS within the next two weeks. Once the wells are tied into the interim LGCS, we expect to have the materials delivered for the construction of the permanent LGCS. The construction of the permanent LGCS will take four to six weeks to complete.
  • Meanwhile, we are still vigorously working on shrinking the active face of the landfill and migrating it away from residential areas. A Special Operations crew is also distributing cover materials daily and covering and treating leachate seeps every day.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

 

April 18, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled. We have been able to drill 52 wells and about half of them have been temporarily tied into the existing vacuum system.
  • On Friday, April 19, there will be a delivery of piping and other materials that will used to create an interim gas collection system tying all of the wells into the existing vacuum system.
  • On Monday, April 22, a crew will begin the construction of an interim Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) which will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. It is expected that this interim system will collect about 75% of the methane gas that is in the landfill. It is further expected that once completed, this will further reduce the odors emanating from the landfill.
  • Over the next two weeks, contractors will be reviewing the plans for the permanent LGCS and providing pricing. In addition, the materials will be ordered and delivered for the permanent LGCS. It is anticipated that the permanent LGCS will take between four to six weeks to complete as contractors will be installing over 17,000 linear feet of pipe. At the end of this stage, we will have installed the permanent gas collection system; the permanent leachate collection system as well as the new vacuum lines to continue to improve the collection of gas and control of the odors.
  • As I have said before, the LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. This process to collect gas, which is one of the main causes for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
  • The other main accomplishment that has been recognized has been the decrease of the active landfill area, which was another source of odors. As you will recall, we had designated a specific crew to focus on shrinking the active face of the landfill as well as increasing the daily cover to meet the requirement that the daily garbage that is placed in the landfill be covered with a mix of materials to a depth of 6-12 inches of cover. This crew had been achieving that, which is another reason that the odors have been diminishing.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

April 11, 2019    

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • As of tomorrow, all of the wells will have been drilled, and 17 of the wells are now tied into the existing vacuum system. Within the next three weeks, the construction of the new Landfill Gas Collection System (LGCS) will be started. As the wells are tied in to the collection system, they will be tied into the vacuum system on a continuous basis.
  • The LGCS is expected to result in the collection of twice as much methane gas from the landfill compared to the amount that is currently collected. In addition, the LGCS will be equipped with pipes and pumps that will be used to drain liquid (leachate) from the landfill.
  • This process to alleviate gas, which is the main cause for the odor, is anticipated to provide a gradual reduction in smell until it goes away.
  • It is anticipated that with the installation of the pumps for the leachate, that the equipment will extract approximately 35-40,000 gallons of liquid per day and that liquid will be stored in new storage tanks placed on site during the project. Those tanks will be emptied into tanker trucks and hauled off-site to wastewater treatment plants.
  • We have also ordered an additional three misting stations to assist with the current odors.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.


April 4, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • On Friday, March 29, we met with NJDEP to discuss air, water and solid waste issues involving the Reclamation Center. Then, this week, we had two NJDEP solid waste officials onsite inspecting the landfill.
  • We had a meeting this week with Waste Management, the general contractor, regarding the construction work at the landfill and discussed the next phase of building the gas collection system.
  • In the interim, all wells that are drilled are capped and in the process of being tied into the existing vacuum system.
  • To date, 36 wells (out of 40) have been drilled and we anticipate to have the remaining wells drilled by the end of next week, weather permitting.
  • Next week, we also anticipate receiving pricing for the final design of the gas and leachate collection systems.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

March 29, 2019  

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • During this past week, beginning Tuesday, March 26th, a second driller began working on site. This has increased the productivity substantially and will enable us to have all of the wells drilled sooner than originally anticipated.
  • To date, we have drilled about two-thirds of the wells that we are expecting to drill (24 out of about 40 wells to be drilled). By drilling two wells per day (at a minimum), we anticipate that the drilling will be completed within the next ten days.
  • The gas collection system has been reviewed and put out for bid. We anticipate that the installation will start by mid-April.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

March 22, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • During this past week, we have drilled six wells, some as deep as 100-feet and some as shallow as 50 to 60-feet. The shallower wells are drilled at a rate of two a day, while the deeper wells are drilled at a rate of one a day.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 26th, we have arranged to have a second driller on site. This should increase the productivity substantially and we are expecting to reduce the drilling time by three weeks and end around the end of the first week in April.
  • To date, we have drilled about one-third of the wells that we are expecting to drill (12 out of about 40 wells to be drilled). By drilling two wells per day (at a minimum), we should have 12 more wells drilled by the end of next week and 12 more by the end of the first week in April.
  • The gas collection system has been designed and is being reviewed; it will be put out for bid early next week and we anticipate that the installation will start during the second week in April.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

 

March 15, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • Last week, the Well Field Drilling Plan commenced at the Reclamation Center and, so far, the drilling rate has been one drilled well, per day. These wells are being drilled through over 100-feet of household garbage per well. We expect that going forward we will be able to increase the rate, as we get to areas that have less depth to drill through.
  • Each well is being sealed or connected to available vacuum sites so that the odors are controlled until the full gas collection system is connected.
  • During the drilling, the odor neutralizer is directly applied to the garbage removed in order to contain the odor on site.
  • The active face of the landfill and the footprint for dumping garbage has been shrinking due to the continued effort to provide daily and interim cover on the top of the hill. This has been done through a crew designated to complete this mission.
  • Each day, the odor neutralizing system is operating on a 24-hour basis through the perimeter vapor system.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

March 7, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • The odor neutralizer continues to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed, in the landfill. The vapor stations continue to apply the neutralizer and will continue until the odors are under control.
  • Well Field Drilling Plan commenced on March 6, 2019. You can read Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone's update regarding details of the plan, which he sent to everyone on that has signed up for email updates, by clicking the highlighted text. 
  • The drilling of wells will enable the collection of gas that has not been collected for the past several months due to the inoperability of the existing gas collection system. The drilling will allow us to remove leachate from the landfill through the combination pumps and pipes that will be put in place in the wells.
  • When finished, it is expected that the amount of gas that will be collected will double that which is currently being removed; and that we will be removing more than 35,000 gallons per day of leachate which will be pumped to storage tanks and hauled off-site. This should make a noticeable difference in the reduction of odors.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

February 27, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • The odor neutralizer continues to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed, in the landfill. The vapor stations continue to apply the neutralizer and will continue until the odors are under control.
  • Last week, we began to review the Well Field Drilling Plan and we will be doing the final review this week.
  • Equipment for the well-drilling phase of the odor corrective action plan, including fogging equipment and Nutralene pellets, is expected to be delivered by the end of this week. The well drilling is anticipated to start by March 6th. Additional odor control measures will be taken for the drilling operation and will be fully explained in the update next week.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

 

February 20, 2019

  • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
    • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
  • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
  • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
  • Awarded three emergency contracts at Freeholder meeting on Feb. 19 to implement an odor corrective action plan.
  • Last week, five vapor system stations were installed at the Reclamation Center. The non-toxic vapors neutralize the odor as opposed to masking it. The name of the application is Neutralene, and you can read more about it at www.aircaretech.com/neutralene.
  • This week, we will be reviewing the proposal for a Well Field Drilling plan which includes plans for 30 additional wells to be drilled. The emergency contract for this was awarded today and allows us to move forward with this plan starting in early March.
  • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.
      February 12, 2019

      • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
        • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
      • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
      • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
      • The odor control vapor system is being expanded from a pilot site to add an additional three stations in strategic locations, which is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Feb. 15.
      • Anticipate receiving a proposal for a Well Field Drilling Plan which, once finalized, will assist with gas collection from the landfill as well as begin the dewatering of the landfill. The rain in 2018, causing excessive levels of liquid in the landfill, is the main source of the issues with the odors.
      • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area. 

       

      February 5, 2019

      • Special Operations crew distributing cover materials daily.
        • Cover material is now a mixture of sand, dredge spoils and other organic material designed to shed water from penetrating into the landfill.
      • Special Operations crew covering and treating leachate seeps daily.
      • Special Operations crew strategically shrinking the area where new waste is placed and migrating away from residential area.
      • Odor Neutralizing System demonstrations began Feb. 5. 
      • Continue conversation with NJDEP regarding the County's 2015 permit application for Phase 4, which moves active landfill away from residential area.

       

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