Mayor: No Danger Due To Landfill

Posted: January 08, 1993

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Mayor Gerald Luongo said yesterday that a recently discovered old landfill under a portion of the Colts Neck Estates housing development poses no health risk to nearby residents.

Luongo declined to elaborate further on the results of testing by JCA Engineering Associates Inc. of Mount Laurel, which he reviewed on Wednesday. He said a full report on the tests would be released at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Ridge Middle School, 641 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd.

"What is there can be dealt with," Luongo said. "The residents are in no danger."

The tests were ordered Nov. 24 after residents in a section of the 174-home development, near Egg Harbor and Hurffville-Grenloch Roads, voiced concern about statements made publicly about a former landfill near two cul-de-sacs.

A farmer who once owned the property had said that he operated a landfill, and buried waste from the Borough of Oaklyn, between 1955 and 1965 on property toward the back of the development.

In preliminary results of testing released Dec. 10, JCA president Mark Neisser confirmed that waste was located in a three-acre elevated area behind Sundance Court and in a five-acre wooded area nearby.

Neisser told a crowded municipal hall filled with about 150 residents that tests showed that methane, a natural by-product of decomposed waste, was not present in explosive concentrations.

Further results of analyses from lab tests on soil and water samples will be explained at Monday's meeting, Luongo said.

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