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1 Second Phase Metropolis Towers Chromium Cleanup Presentation to Residents September 4, 2013

2 2 Overview Chrome processing in Hudson County Settlement agreement Health and safety measures Scope of Metropolis Towers cleanup Review of first phase What to expect during second phase Preparations for third phase Update on basement of Building No. 2 Questions and answers

3 From 1905 to 1976, Hudson County was a center for chrome manufacturing, processing chromite ore imported from around the world Waste from two plants in Jersey City and one in Kearny was used as fill at construction sites PPG Industries purchased a plant on Garfield Avenue in 1954 and ceased operations in 1963, selling the facility and property in 1964 Chrome in Hudson County

4 In 2009, NJDEP, Jersey City and PPG signed a settlement in Superior Court in which they agreed to a process to clean up PPG chromium sites in Hudson County, including Metropolis Towers Created new position of an independent, court- appointed Site Administrator with responsibility to develop a master schedule and to facilitate cleanup- related activities among the parties Created new position of an independent technical consultant to assist site administrator and provide technical review and work plan evaluation in support of NJDEP regulatory responsibilities Settlement Agreement

5 Health and Safety Measures Health and safety of the surrounding community and workers during site excavation is a top priority Multiple, overlapping, prevention and protection measures have been adopted at all sites, including Metropolis Towers: Dust Suppression Plan Entire Site Air Monitoring Plan Resident Safety and Security Plan Traffic Safety and Control Plan Developed by experienced experts for PPG Reviewed by Independent Technical Consultant, NJDEP and City/ERFS

6  Chromium contaminated soil is being removed at Metropolis Towers in accordance with NJDEP Chromium Policy residential requirements  Contaminated soil is being hauled off-site to a licensed disposal facility  Clean fill is being placed in excavated areas  When complete in September 2014, 37,000 tons of soil and debris will have been removed Scope of Cleanup – Phases 1, 2, 3

7  Work began in March  Approximately 6,000 tons of contaminated soil and debris were excavated and hauled away  Excavation was completed in accordance with DEP regulations  Work area was completed in July  No injuries or lost-time incidents Phase 1 is Complete

8 Air Monitoring Results Chrome and dust were well within safety levels during first phase Air monitoring conducted 24/7 Stringent air monitoring and dust control continue in Phase 2 and 3 Multiple air monitors located throughout the site

9 Examples of Air Monitoring Locations Work Zone Air Monitors Worker Hand Held

10 Air Monitoring Website  Website displays results for dust and chrome  Dust concentrations serve as a real-time indicator for possible hexavalent chromium concentrations  Hexavalent chromium samples require laboratory analysis 

11 Phase 2 Begins Sept. 23  Contaminated soil between buildings 1 and 2 (formerly the old “mall/plaza”) will be excavated  Work will be conducted weekdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and could last until 6 p.m.  Approximate average depth of excavation is 12 feet  Phase 2 to be completed March 2014

12 Fence will separate work zone from residents. Entrance on Montgomery will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic so PPG can use gate as construction entrance and exit. Residents who park in the north and east lots will use a gate being opened on Columbus. Residents who park in the west lot will use a gate being opened on Montgomery. A pedestrian gate on Montgomery will be installed to provide access to the south. Resident Access

13 Residents who park in areas affected by the second phase of the cleanup will be offered temporary parking passes at the 66 Columbus Drive garage. Residents affected by the parking restrictions should attend one of three meetings to obtain their pass: Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All cars in affected area must move offsite by Saturday, Sept. 21. Look for a flier with more information. Temporary Parking

14 Phase 3 to Completion PHASE 3 PHASE 2 PHASE 1 PSE&G ELECTRICAL LINES  Phase 3 follows immediately after Phase 2  Health and safety measures continue  Before Phase 3 can begin electrical lines in the path of excavation owned by PSE&G must be deactivated and rerouted  Average depth of excavation will 8 to 10 feet.

15 New Route for Electrical Lines PSE&G ELECTRICAL LINES  New lines will be installed in easement on north side of property  New lines will bypass excavation and connect with existing lines on north side of Building Nos. 1 and 2  New lines will be installed and switched on before Phase 3 begins next March

16 A meeting to brief residents on what to expect will be conducted before the third phase begins Work is expected to begin immediately after the second phase is finished, which is scheduled for next March Cleanup work and restoration of the property are expected to be complete by next September Meeting Before Phase 3

17 Workers for PPG discovered a small patch of hexavalent chromium on a support column in the boiler room as part of a post-Hurricane Sandy inspection A protective seal was immediately placed over the area preventing any exposure to workers and residents Since then, PPG has conducted an investigation and taken samples throughout the basement Delineation of the column is complete and the protective seal will continue to cover the affected area Final boiler room remedial action plan will be shared with residents Basement of Building No. 2

18 Questions and Answers

19 Site Administrator Telephone:201-777-2099 Mail: P.O. Box 15981, Jersey City, N.J. 07305 PPG Industries: Telephone: 201-938-0909 Email: Mail:P.O. Box 15756, Jersey City, N.J. 07305 Office: 90 Forrest St., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment NJDEP Telephone:800-253-5647 Contact Us

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