Thank you for visiting the Concerned Citizens for the Redevelopment of the Repauno Site (CCRRS)! The information that is posted on the website is information that we have been directly told by involved parties or have researched. The Delaware River Partners LCC (DRP) was created in March 2015 by Fortress Investment Group LLC specifically to be the developers on the Repauno Redevelopment Project. At this time, the final proposal by DRP has not been submitted to the planning Board. Once the final proposal is submitted, it is possible that their proposal will be slightly different than what is presented here. To the best of our knowledge, the information that we are presenting is the most up to date information that we have.
Fortress Investment Group purchased the Repauno property for $24 million. There is still much remediation work that needs to be done by Chemours.
Iron oxide was generated as a waste product from the use of iron as catalyst in the production of aniline from nitrobenzenes. From 1959 to 1964 spent iron oxide was stockpiled on a 10 to 15-acre area of the site located south of the former nitrobenzene area in AOC D. In 1970, the Ironite Corporation began to purchase and transport the iron oxide pile material offsite; however, only a fraction of the total volume was removed. The stockpile of iron oxide material which remained on site is clearly shown in 1975 and 1995 aerial imagery. The continued purchase and offsite transport of the iron oxide material may have continued periodically until as recently as 1996. According to the 2014 Remedial Action Workplan for the Nitrobenzene Area, iron oxide is present in the unsaturated layer at the eastern one-third of the former pile and is present in the saturated zone across the entire extent of the former pile. The thickness of the iron oxide pile material ranges from approximately 7 feet at the center o several inches thick to visually non-detectable around the outer fringe area of the former pile. The iron oxide present is a black, opaque, fine-grained material.
Dredging material has been shown to be contaminated.
The DRP business plan includes developing the former DuPont Repauno site into a multi-use marine terminal that will include facilities for automobile import/ export and processing, and handling of perishable, general freight, break-bulk cargo, and bulk liquid storage. Existing Inland Distribution Infrastructure: The site has internal network of railroad and the active Conrail freight rail is adjacent to the site. There are petroleum pipelines adjacent to the southern border of the site as well as sufficient interstate highway access.
We have been told that the DRP will be building a port, which will take a few years. They plan to bring in cars from ships and park them in a giant paved area near the port. These cars will be loaded onto car carrier trucks and driven off site via Repauno Rd. There is a proposal from the state to build an access road that will go from the site to Rt 44; however, it will be built through wetlands. There is no guarantee this road will ever be built. If it is built, we don't expect the road to be complete until 2018 at the earliest. It is possible that another route to the access road is being considered by the township and the state, but this hasn't yet been verified.
Auto terminal – 99 acres plus 2 Vehicle processing buildings totaling 107,870 SF
General Cargo Area – 13.6 acres
CHEMICAL STORAGE TANKS AND UNDERGROUND CAVERN
In addition to the cars, they are putting in giant storage tanks for liquid storage (butane, diesel, oil etc.) There will also be a "liquid natural gas facility." They are also using an underground cavern that was there from the DuPont era. They have already pressure tested the cavern and are sure that it will adequately hold 8 million gallons of "liquid bulk storage." They are nowsaying that they are using the cavern to hold butane.
They will build 29 tanks to hold liquid and gas petroleum products
They also spoke about accepting LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) via ships in the most recent documets supplied to the municipal building for Phase 2 of this project.
Chemical Storage area will be 67.2 acres
Targeted storage of 2 million gallons of product
Bulk liquids storage facility is proposed in the western portion of the Project Site. The facility is approximately 67 acres. Additional space is proposed to be allocated for the construction of a fuel rail yard capable of handling 5,000 to 6,000 feet of rail cars and a 5-bay truck rack. The current site design incorporates existing infrastructure (substation, rail infrastructure, pump station) into the selected layout. The liquids storage facility consists of four primary storage tank areas:
1. Refined Product Tank Area - for storage of refined liquid products. The minimum target storage volume for this area is 600,000 barrels (bbl). Materials will be stored in six 120-feet diameter tanks across two areas of the facility.
2. Crude Products Tank Area - for storage of crude products. Minimum target storage is 1,2 million bbl in 175-feet diameter tanks.
3. Sphere Tank Area - for storage of pressurized liquids. The minimum storage target is 500,000 bbl. Materials will be stored in 82-feet diameter tanks.
4. Underground Storage Cavern - an existing subterranean hard rock cavern located on the Project Site is being repurposed by the applicant for the use of
storing butane. The cavern has a capacity of approximately 200,000 bbl (6.3 million gallons) and is capable of handling products up to 75 PSI. Utilization of the underground storage cavern reduces the need for four additional above-ground sphere tanks, thereby narrowing the footprint of land disturbance by approximately 2.5 acres.
In Phase 2, the DRP is now proposing 2 warehouses that will be located directly north of the first two warehouses in Phase 1a and 1b. These two warehouses in Phase 2 are located south of the original site that depicted one giant warehouse. There will be one refrigerated warehouse and one dry storage warehouse.
2 storage warehouses totaling 150,000 SF
One warehouse will be cold storage totaling 100,000 SF
Second warehouse will be dry storage for 50,000 SF
ENDANGERED SPECIES, FOREST, AND WETLANDS
Some of the land they are proposing to build on is dense forest and near wetland areas.
They will remove 4 nests of the Osprey (an endangered bird) to other locations so they can build the port and car storage area.
They claim that the bald eagle will not be affected by the construction since it is located 1000 ft from the chemical storage area, but will relocate it if necessary.
The endangered Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon migration area is located near the port. They claim they will not build during the migration period.
SPREAD THE WORD
We are really in need of volunteers to help get the word out to the community. DRP must send out letters by certified mail to residents within 200 feet of the site notifying them of the building proposal and a hearing date and time. It is at this hearing that we want as many residents as possible to come forward with as many questions and concerns that they have. Nothing will change with this proposal unless we voice out concerns.
We have included a link to a PDF from Fortress Investment Group. If you read page 11, it will give you an idea of their plan.