LAND USE STUDIES AND PERMITTING FOR
CLEAN HARBOR SOLAR PROJECT
Logan Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey
Marathon was contracted by Clean Harbors to provide environmental consulting services to assist with the acquisition of New Jersey environmental land use approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to construct a 1.5 megawatt solar array within a 6 acre hazardous waste site in Logan Township. The power generated from the solar array is to be used for the remediation of the contaminated groundwater that is generated from this facility. Of particular concern to the NJDEP and United States Environmental Protection Agency was insuring that the foundation to the solar panels would not puncture the impermeable membrane of the landfill. To satisfy this concern, the system was designed with a concrete ballast floating foundation.
Marathon delineated the extent of wetlands within the site, identified potential threatened and endangered species habitat along the Raccoon Creek and adjacent wetlands and applied for a General Permit to redevelop areas that were within the Wetland Transition Area and regulated under the New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act. Because the site was within 500 feet of the mean high water line of Raccoon Creek, we also applied to the NJDEP for an Upland Waterfront Development Permit. We were required to address the forestation preservation and public access to the waterfront requirements of the New Jersey Coastal Rules.
Marathon also prepared a detailed environmental impact statement to address the site plan requirements of the Logan Township Planning Board. We provided expert testimony to the planning board to justify the solar array within the site.
Client: Bridgeport Disposal, LLC
c/o William Geary
42 Longwater Drive
Norwell, Massachusetts 02061-9149
Period of Performance:
May 2010-March 2011