Sep 17

Weekly Update September 20, 2021

PSE&G Former Harrison MGP Site: Weekly Project Update – Week of 9/20/21

The PSE&G site remediation group and its environmental contractor, Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc., are conducting activities to remediate soils at the Harrison former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site. Work began in July 2020 and is expected to be completed in mid-2022. 

These updates are being issued weekly throughout the duration of the project to provide a review of key activities performed at the site over the past week as well as a look ahead to the next week’s anticipated activities. They are also posted to the project website: www.HarrisonMGP.com where more information about the project scope and history can be found. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please call the PSE&G Harrison Project Information Line at (855) 356-2383 or email us at comments@harrisonMGP.com.


  • Saturday Work–On Saturday, September 18, dewatering of work areas through pumping will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gas department also will work inside and around the onsite M&R Station. No soil intrusive work is planned.
  • North Gate – All access to the PSE&G Harrison Site is through the North Gate. Onsite signs will direct vehicles to the M&R Station, Appliance Service Building and construction areas.

Anticipated Work for the Week of September 20 – September 24

Remediation Activities – (See Figure 1 below and on the website)

  • Continue onsite water pumping and treatment from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. This will continue through Friday, September 24.
  • Continue to pre-clear Phase 2 areas 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 4B for In Situ Stabilization (ISS) work. This work will generate sounds from breaking of concrete and removal of metal piping and other materials.   
  • Continue ISS work in area 2B. 
  • Continue to backfill and compact clean fill in completed areas with intermittent use of vibratory rollers.
  • Perform soft dig to locate underground utilities and cut and cap unused utilities.
  • Transport excavated soil and concrete by trucks for disposal or recycling at a licensed facility.
  • Operate temporary wastewater treatment facility to control groundwater and surface water accumulations during work activities. Treated water is discharged in accordance with a permit issued by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. 
  • Maintain soil and sediment erosion controls. 
  • Maintain temporary fencing around active work areas.
  • Import materials for construction, and soils for backfilling and capping.
  • Continue installation of the replacement gas mains. 

Continue Monitoring & Mitigation Measures

  • Apply dust suppression and odor controls, as needed, during remediation activities. 
  • Continue vibration monitoring between remedial work and the nearest onsite buildings.
  • Continue to perform perimeter air monitoring. 
  • Maintain site security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

NOTE:  Odors associated with some constituents can often be detected at levels that are well below what would be considered a health concern and often below what can be detected by an air monitoring instrument. The MGP project continues to:

  • Apply vapor mitigation sprays in the excavation area.
  • Apply odor suppressing foams in the excavation area and in the trucks while being loaded.
    • Short-term odor suppressing foam is white in color when applied. 
    • Long-term odor suppressing foam is black in color when applied and dries to a dark gray or black color with a shiny appearance. 
  • Use odor suppressing foams more frequently and in greater amounts.
  • Cover project soil piles with plastic when work is completed.
  • Perform daily odor assessment walks around the MGP remediation work areas to determine if and at what levels odors may be detected beyond the work area fence line. 

Other control measures, including water mist and sand, will be used as needed to control potential dust and odors during excavation and non-work periods, including evenings and weekends. The MGP project performs continuous air monitoring during working hours around the site. Confirmatory air samples are taken weekly and all results have been below our action levels. 


  • Continue to remove demolition material from the former storeroom to a licensed facility.

Work Completed September 13 – September 17 

Remediation Activities

  • Managed and treated onsite stormwater from recent thunderstorms.  This work was performed in accordance with the project’s permits.
  • Backfilled and compacted clean fill in completed areas.
  • Cut and capped two onsite gas pipelines and prepared them for removal. 
  • Continued to pre-clear Phase 2 areas 3A and 4B for ISS work.
  • Mobilized remediation equipment and personnel to the project site as needed.
  • Installed and maintained additional soil and sediment erosion controls. 
  • Maintained temporary fencing around active work areas.

Monitoring & Mitigation Measures

  • Applied dust suppression and odor controls during pre-trenching and clearing activities. 
  • Continued vibration monitoring between remedial work and the nearest onsite buildings.
  • Continued to perform perimeter air monitoring when soil disturbance work was in progress. 
  • Maintained site security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • Continued to remove material from the former storeroom to a licensed facility. 

Community Outreach 

  • Issued 59th weekly update email to representatives of the Town of Harrison, Hudson County Regional Health Commission, and property managers of Vermella, Steel Works, and Cobalt Lofts apartment complexes, as well as the owners of Joia Restaurant and officials of Amtrak.
  • Issued email to property managers of Vermella, Steel Works, and Cobalt Lofts apartment complexes to update them on the onsite water pumping schedule. 

The PSE&G remediation project team is committed to: conducting work safely on the job site; minimizing impacts from the project to those outside of the project area; keeping PSE&G non-project personnel, the local community, elected officials, and all interested parties informed of our progress; and enhancing the property’s continued productive use. The team will follow the guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health, the CDC and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, as applicable, for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. PSE&G personnel and contractors are required to participate in social distancing and wear appropriate gloves and face coverings during all work activities

All work is being performed in accordance with the guidance and regulations of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), and under the oversight of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) of record. 

FIGURE 1 – Status of Phase 2: Pre-Clearing, Excavation, ISS Stages