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Re: Toxic air in Jersey City
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It stinks again in the Journal Square/McGinley Square area. A nasty, chemical smell that seeps into my apartment (usually happens around 8pm-ish on the odd weeknight). Reminds of the smell of spilled ink but much stronger and more acrid...burns the nostrils. This totally can't be healthy.


Considering air pollution was recently determined to be the leading cause of lung cancer - even above cigarette smoking - you are right that this isn't healthy.

http://healthland.time.com/2013/10/17 ... -pollution-causes-cancer/

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It stinks again in the Journal Square/McGinley Square area. A nasty, chemical smell that seeps into my apartment (usually happens around 8pm-ish on the odd weeknight). Reminds of the smell of spilled ink but much stronger and more acrid...burns the nostrils. This totally can't be healthy.

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It stinks again.


I know that smell. It's the rendering plant in Newark. Their used to be one in Kearney years back that smelled even worse.

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It stinks again.

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I woke up to burning nostrils and a putrid smell. I was convinced a skunk had sprayed through my window. My nostrils burned for a good hour. Are you telling me this wasn't a skunk? If not, I'm worried, what could burn my nose through my walls?

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I thought there was a "stronger than usual" smell of garbage in the air this morning.

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I wonder why these foul smell emitting factories have not been shipped out to China. They need to be closed down.

Why so they could smell it too ! Plus now you will be turning away jobs.

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I live in Hamilton Park and that smell was godawful. It was definitely coming from outside but was so much more pronounced inside my apt when I woke up.

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Anybody else smell a burning chemical smell this morning? It woke me up and I looked around the apartment to see what was burning until I realized it's coming from outside.


I thought it smelled like the thiol compounds I remember from high-school organic chem lab. Considering the industrial-scale chemistry sets that border Jersey City, a temperature inversion could trap some really funky stuff in the low atmosphere.

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Anybody else smell a burning chemical smell this morning? It woke me up and I looked around the apartment to see what was burning until I realized it's coming from outside.

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I wonder why these foul smell emitting factories have not been shipped out to China. They need to be closed down.

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I never notice this smell on weekdays. It seems to me that some factory owner is doing something deliberately on the weekends when DEP staff is thinned out.

This is ridiculous that for the third weekend in a row people are being forced indoors by bad air...

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Smelled it again around 8:10 am this morning at Hamilton Park, Saturday June 9th.

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I was driving on the Pulaski skyway around 10 PM and I could smell it along the entire stretch of the skyway.

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Hey HeightsBrat ?I grew up down Marion with the lovely PJP fire pits. Tons of under ground garbage (or god?s only knows what) burning 24/7/365.. No one paid any attention to it except for the occasional flame ups when the fire could really be seen above ground. Or when the burning ambers floated onto grassy lots around Marion causing small fires. Of course the rumors were that the land was owned by the mafia.(if there really is one ) and that is why nothing was done. I think the Newark Archdiocese also owned it or later purchased it.


Would you believe everytime I take the 'back road' or the skyway, in my mind's eye (or nose), I can still smell that smell.

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I think I got closer to finding the stink. I was driving up the NJTP getting off exit 15E. I saw a white puff of smoke/steam to my right. Sure enough I suddenly smelled what I call the ?Chorine/insecticide/Shapie marker? smell. That was on Sunday 3:30 pm. It didn?t last long.

I didn?t see any signs but I am pretty sure it came from the plant that has the two tall orange and white chimneys. I saw a sign on a white tank near by that said ..WELCO. But the place I saw the smoke/steam coming from was past WELCO.

I looked up Welco on Google map and got this information:

Welco-CGI Gas Technologies
425 Avenue P
Newark, NJ 07105

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So if you put 425 Avenue P , Newark , NJ in Google map the place I saw the smoke/steam coming from is directly across from Welco-CGI. Between Avenue P and Doremus Ave. I don?t know if it is part of Welco-CGI or not. Maybe that is where the gasses are produced to supply Welco. ???

Any way you can see from the aerial view it is some sort of chemical plant. All kinds of tanks and check out those three massive ventilation fans. What are their ventilating??

Maybe someone can pick this up and find out what the plant does?

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Hey HeightsBrat ?I grew up down Marion with the lovely PJP fire pits. Tons of under ground garbage (or god?s only knows what) burning 24/7/365.. No one paid any attention to it except for the occasional flame ups when the fire could really be seen above ground. Or when the burning ambers floated onto grassy lots around Marion causing small fires. Of course the rumors were that the land was owned by the mafia.(if there really is one ) and that is why nothing was done. I think the Newark Archdiocese also owned it or later purchased it.

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I suspect it's Kearny. I have smelled this before while driving late at night on the Pulaski skyway.

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UGH! It's back with a vengeance here in Paulus Hook. I didn't smell it as much on the street, but it's blowing in good and heavy into my fifth floor apartment (facing west).

Jesus, this is painful.

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Obviously many of the posters weren't around to enjoy the perfumed air from the 24/7/365 fire that was under the Pulaski for years.

I have to laugh really at some of these complaints. Case in point - Port Liberte is built opposite a huge scrap metal/junkyard & dopes pay top dollar thinking they are so omnipotent that the business that has been there forever will be shut down immediately. Ditto the turkeys who bought Van Leer condos opposite Galaxy.

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The winds have been generally out of the west at Harrison since 7 AM. Sometimes they have been more NW and sometimes more SW, but generally west.

We drove by the Wheldon plant about an hour ago and detected a hint of the odor.

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I met with a represenative of the Northern Regional Offive of the NJ DEP. The worst of the smell had gone by the time he got to Ham Park area, but did catch a few whiffs of it.
He was going to spend some more time in the area and also drive around to try to figure the cause.

Bottom line is it's going to take a concerted effort from all impacted. Please call DEP they are responsive. Also, please call/email your concilperson. This is not healthy for anyone and needs to be solved/ended...

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I smell it again today here in the heights although not as strong as the evenings of last week which was hot & humid.
Called DEP they are sending someone.

I feel its affecting our quality of life we're indoors with our doors and windows shut on a gorgeous day.

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Come to think of it I smelled it two Saturday mornings in a row driving on the NJTP on the way to the Meadowlands Flea Market. So two more possible sources?.

Kuehne Chemical Company's South Kearny facility (stores chorine).

PSEG Hudson Generating Station on the Hackensack River, Jersey City, (still burning coal?)

I don?t think it fits into the wind patterns?but still wondering about that new Hess Bayonne power plant that is going live soon mentioned above. Just for the fact that the smell seems to be new and that is the only new factor in this new stink. Thanks Bayonne for selling everyone out in the area?the pipe line and a power plant both to supply NYC. Really?


Also this is the NJDEP website that has the hotline number and other information.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/

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I think the source of this odor is located west or northwest of downtown JC. Yesterday around 4 PM when I was driving eastbound on route 280, I immediately detected this horrible smell just as I reached the turn-off for Jersey City, i.e., at the intersection of Route 280E and 508E. The wind at the time was from the west or northwest. Prior to reaching the 508 East exit, there was no trace of this smell in the air. We have lived here in downtown JC since 2004 and have never smelled this odor before.

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this smell will really help sell JC's revitalization to the country club crowd coming over for today's Polo Match at LSP...

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The DEP, Parkman. They are the NJ State Department of Environmental Protection.
The Environmental Protection Agency is federal. A whole 'nuther thing.

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I have someone from DEP coming also today to test the air. Please call all the numbers listed in this thread to force the issue. This is unhealthy for everyone.

Fulop is aware of the situartion. I've emailed Michelle Massey, but gotten no response...

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A representative from the EPA will be coming to downtown in about an hour to check out this odor and try to trace it back to the source. Will keep you posted.

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wind is Westward at LSC according to weather site.

That seems to be a common denominotar as to when this sludge gets blown our way...

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I just called the EPA at 877 927-6337, they took a full report, and said they would check out the odor and follow up with a phone call report of the findings.

Please do the same and let them know we want something done about this horrendous smell.

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