The following message was sent to all gardeners using the organic garden site on Old Jacksonville Road on Thursday, September 3rd:
LETTER TO ORGANIC GARDENERS
Dear Organic Garden Members,
I am writing to advise you that after the second round of environmental testing we have been advised by our environmental experts that the garden may now be reopened. It is the verbal opinion of our experts that there is enough scientific data that shows that all levels of contaminants are not just below, but are significantly below the residential standards of the DEP, which are the most stringent of guidelines. We are anticipating receiving written confirmation from our experts in support of our decision to reopen the garden.
We thank you for your understanding and patience in this process. It is important to note that this matter was brought to the Administration and Governing Body's attention and required and received an immediate and expedited response by the Administration, one to protect the health and safety of the users of the organic garden. Often environmental testing takes weeks, let alone months, to complete and the Township Committee has expended the necessary funds and the Administration has compelled the attention of two environmental engineers, as well as the Township Attorney, to bring this matter to a conclusion to the satisfaction of the Township.
Finally, as a reminder, any food that is grown, whether organically or commercially farmed, our experts remind all users of the organic garden that they should wash and care for the products that it produces prior to ingesting.
The second round of soil sampling is attached for your review.
Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated in this trying matter. However, safety always comes first!
The Township of Montville
NOTE: We are still waiting for Louis Berger’s formal conclusions and final report. Upon receiving it, we will forward a copy to you.
Second Round of Soil Analytical Results