Remediation is progressing at New Road eyesore

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The now shuttered Garden State Fuel on New Road in Linwood is in the middle of a NJDEP monitored remediation of the site. The now shuttered Garden State Fuel on New Road in Linwood is in the middle of a NJDEP monitored remediation of the site. LINWOOD—In a town where neatly manicured lawns are the norm, the former Garden State Fuel at 1711 New Road is very out of character with the rest of the scenery on a drive through Linwood. 

City Councilman Todd Gordon chairs the Engineering Committee and explained Tuesday afternoon what is happening at the shuttered gas station.

Gordon said Garden State had plans to decommission that station and in March of this year the tanks were pulled. At that time they identified there were some environmental issues with one of the tanks.

Garden State was required by the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection to go through a clean up process and they were required to hire an engineering firm to come up with a remediation plan. The councilman said Garden State hired Marathon Engineering to help them through the process and show the progress at the site to the NJDEP. 

“The plan of Garden State Fuel is to clean up the site and return it to a commercial property,” said Gordon. “The soil removal is part of the remediation; they are taking it off site.” Gordon said that whatever the plan Marathon has in place, they have not put in monitoring wells. And while the councilman said he has not worked with Marathon personally, they are a very reputable firm in environmental clean up situations.

“We are not used to seeing something like that in the city but we are sensitive to the remediation project,” said Gordon. Garden State has told the city their hope is to have the project completed by years end.

He added that the city is keeping up with the progress of the project and though Marathon Engineering has not had to come into city hall for any permitting at this point, the process they have to go through to get a zero contaminant bill of health from the DEP is a very strict.

Gordon added that residents should not be alarmed with small excavation in the parking lot in front of the nearby Wimberg Funeral Home property; that has nothing to do with the Garden State Fuel remediation; rather it is tied into the improvements Wimberg is making to their facility. 

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