The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) and the City of Perth Amboy, New Jersey are working to develop cost effective and creative strategies to address Perth Amboy's brownfield properties. The City estimates that there are more than 200 brownfield properties in Perth Amboy. The goals of this project were to: 1) create an accurate digital data file for Perth Amboy and MCIA to use in updating existing Brownfield data sources; 2) identify properties that might be brownfields, but that are not currently listed in the state or federal databases; and 3) create digital maps and map layers for use in local and regional landuse planning.
Rutgers University's Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) completed a field survey that verified the addresses and business names of properties listed in: 1) New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) Known Contaminated Site List (KCSL); 2) NJ Office of Planning Advocacy's Brownfields SiteMart; and 3) United States Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) databases. Based on the type of business activities conducted on a site, or observable physical site characteristics, the field survey also identified commercial properties that potentially may be Brownfields, but that are not currently listed in these three databases. Residential parcels were excluded from this analysis, which focused on commercial site uses that might contribute to contamination.