Friday, October 1, 2010

Federal funds stimulate two Superfund cleanups in NJ

FUSRAP Maywood Superfund Site in Bergen County, NJ.
Photo credit: Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group.

Federal stimulus funds help keep two  Superfund cleanups on track in New Jersey and  provide jobs for local residents.

Last year, Donald Applegate, a Middlesex County resident, was unemployed and heard that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds or stimulus money to hire local people to work on hazardous waste site clean-up projects throughout New Jersey.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Applegate, who was hired to be a health and safety specialist with Sevenson Environmental Services, a contractor hired by the Army Corps to work on the Cornell-Dubilier Electronics Superfund Site in South Plainfield.

Around the same time, Marie Casciano, a Passaic County resident was also seeking employment because her employer was forced to reduce her work schedule to part time work. Like Applegate, she found a position working on an Army Corps project.

“This position would not have become available had it not been for the stimulus money,” said Casciano, who was hired to be a project business administrator with Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group, a contractor hired by the Army Corps to work on the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Maywood Superfund Project in Bergen County.  

Read the full story, written by Dr. JoAnne Castagna,a technical writer-editor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District.  It was published in NJTODAY.

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