14th St. in Hoboken dangerously toxic?

An ominous “toxic” situation brewing at 14th & Bloomfield in Hoboken?

One Hoboken411 reader, who lives near the St. Louis building at 14th & Bloomfield, received a letter which concerned them greatly.

It was about a toxic situation regarding Benzene and other dangers currently being re-mediated in that area.

The letter wasn’t publicized anywhere, and it may cause concern for nearby areas due to the uncertainty of the situation. Read on…

Are toxic chemicals harming uptown Hoboken residents?

“Last weekend, my entire building received certified letters regarding a big clean-up at 150 14th Street (The St. Louis). I also see that the firm that is handling this cleanup was deposed in a lawsuit – “Onafets, Inc v. ExxonMobilCorp” in 2007.

The St. Louis was built on top of a parking lot that had previously been a gas station. When they started digging at that site, the stench of gas fumes was all over the block and into the apartments on the block. They were trucking black wet dirt out of there, truckload after truckload, just reeking of gas. The guy who used to own the gas station there kept saying he “spilled a lot of gasoline there, and he couldn’t understand how they could get permits to build residential units on the site.”

The St. Louis was completed and opened sometime in 2006. So, it appears within a year there was a lawsuit. I’m wondering what they mean in the certified letter when they say “subsequent investigative activities indicated that petroleum contaminated groundwater had migrated off site.” Has it leeched into the Garden Street Lofts Building next door? Are they getting fumes and having problems within the St. Louis itself? Are other buildings in the vicinity at risk from them?

The letter mentions very serious contaminants (like benzene). Shouldn’t more people know when there are pregnant women and babies all up and down the block? If you had smelled the horrible air when they first started digging the site, you’d understand my concern. In my apartment, with all doors and windows shut tight, you could smell gas.

What I don’t understand is if they supposedly re-mediated the site back in late 2005 / early 2006, why is the site still contaminated?

Sincere concerns! Here are some other questions to ponder:

Hopefully, it’s not a major issue – but toxic chemicals are always reasons for alarm!

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7 Comments on "14th St. in Hoboken dangerously toxic?"

Snip119
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Snip119

Interesting reading on that list Openeyes – thank you (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/bust/hud.htm). I didn’t see 150 14th on the list . I did see 158 14th Street, Preferred Media – that is where the school is in the Green Building. So now we know they have their own separate problems. (I thought a Green Building was supposed to be toxic free?)

The issue that concerns me is supposedly they cleaned up the 150 14th St site to be able to build the St. Louis, and now we hear its not done, or not done right, or completely, and the contamination has traveled offsite. How far offsite and where? I spoke with the prior owner of the gas station there, and he said one of the underground pipes going into the gas tanks was leaking for years. I got the definite impression it was not a small leak. I hope the entire story of what’s going on over there comes to light, now that 411 has published it. Great work 411 for bring this to our attention!

OpenEyes
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OpenEyes

There are numerous contamination sites in Hoboken and Hudson County.
There are different levels of Remediation that have been done depending on the cause.
One reason besides flooding there are so many garages on ground level is because of contamination . 1st level is just to cap the soil with cement .A few developers have done full remediation which means removing the bad soil and putting in new soil.
On the below link you can find sites .There are names and numbers for case managers.
Unfortunately Hoboken has problems with some sites because some people sold property that was supposed to be remediated and it was not or it was done improperly causing untold headaches and medical problems.
The back end of town was a marsh and they filled the marshland with burned coal (slag?) to make the land stable. Nevertheless some areas are only 18 inches above the water table. ❗

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/bust/hud.htm

joey maxim
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joey maxim

eyes,you have no clue as what was dumped in as filler 100 years ago..shipyard as well as
the west side including hoboken high multi complex field…nothing can be done about it
unless you knock down the bldgs an dig up the field..its what it is..junk yard trucking co’s
oil acid sludge…this is nation wide…in many communities…we go with the flo.[quote comment=”215513″]There are numerous contamination sites in Hoboken and Hudson County. There are different levels of Remediation that have been done depending on the cause. One reason besides flooding there are so many garages on ground level is because of contamination . 1st level is just to cap the soil with cement .A few developers have done full remediation which means removing the bad soil and putting in new soil. On the below link you can find sites .There are names and numbers for case managers. Unfortunately Hoboken has problems with some sites because some people sold property that was supposed to be remediated and it was not or it was done improperly causing untold headaches and medical problems. The back end of town was a marsh and they filled the marshland with burned coal (slag?) to make the land stable. Nevertheless some areas are only 18 inches above the water table. [/quote]

OpenEyes
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OpenEyes

Joey -I am here .I live with it . But I know for a fact the burned coal was dumped not only because I have seen and touched it but was told by a major environmental cleanup person in town .I am sure other materials were used as well – probably dirt fill from construction sites.
Frankly that is the least of our worries. It is important to make sure that areas that need to be cleaned up are done correctly. Where there is a will -there is a way- because Hoboken is a great place- Location Location Location[quote comment=”215529″]eyes,you have no clue as what was dumped in as filler 100 years ago..shipyard as well as the west side including hoboken high multi complex field…nothing can be done about it unless you knock down the bldgs an dig up the field..its what it is..junk yard trucking co’s oil acid sludge…this is nation wide…in many communities…we go with the flo.[/quote]

beerzgood
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beerzgood

maybe that’s why the bushes out front keep dying.

camel2
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camel2

residents are too busy worrying about what some idiot on jersey shore said than their own health, and would rather look the other way from the boogie monster under their bed

NorthKrissy
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NorthKrissy

Great. They always try keeping the lid on anything that might upset the masses.

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