PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 23, 2013/ 5:30PM
UPDATE FROM FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR JOE DONNELLY
More significant progress was accomplished at the Dietz & Watson cleanup site in Delanco over the weekend and today.
With the help of Waste Management a total of 85 truckloads of odor producing product were removed from the site on Saturday. Today 24 trucks worked continuously, ultimately disposing of over 105 truckloads of material. I am pleased to announce that thanks to this progress the product removal phase of the cleanup is now 90% complete. Joe Brickley, our County Engineer, anticipates that the remaining product will be removed tomorrow. Mop up operations will then begin.
BioTriad Environmental completed Stage 1 of their aggressive odor reduction plan this weekend by installing an odor neutralization system around the perimeter of the building. Stage 2, which began today, will include directly applying the odor neutralizer onto the site itself, the trucks hauling away product, and treatment of any liquid runoff. We are confident that this has and will continue to provide relief to the surrounding areas.
In addition, the fires which had continued to burn with varying degrees of intensity since the initial flame are now completely out.
Hats off to Dietz & Watson, their contractors, Waste Management, and all those that continue to pitch in to assist in this mammoth cleanup effort. Just last week it was estimated that this task could take up to eight weeks to complete. With Dietz & Watson leading the way, all 35 million pounds of the odor producing material will have been removed this project in less than two week! The County of Burlington is proud to have contributed to this team effort.
Finally, I want to thank the residents of Burlington County again for their patience as we continue to do everything in our power to clean up after this terrible event.
As promised, I will continue to keep the public informed of the progress at the cleanup site. For regular updates I suggest residents look to the County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BurlingtonCountyNJ or follow me on Twitter @FreeholderJoeD.