Health Study

The June 2009 judicial consent order in which the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the City of Jersey City and PPG Industries agreed on a process for addressing the company’s chromium cleanup sites in Hudson County assigned the Site Administrator with a number of duties, including the following:

“Review previous and ongoing health studies concerning the health impacts of chromium in Hudson County and consult with experts in the field and, if necessary, to recommend a protocol for a future medical study (health exposure study), that would monitor the people living within the vicinity of the Garfield Avenue Site to ascertain chromium exposure risks.”

As required, the Site Administrator at the time, Mike McCabe, reviewed more than 50 relevant health studies and consulted with top health and science experts in the field. In May 2010, McCabe issued his recommendation for a Community Health Exposure Prevention and Testing Program, and his recommendations have been incorporated into the comprehensive plan designed to protect public health while work is being performed at the Garfield Avenue Site.

Details of the Community Health Exposure Prevention and Testing Program are presented in the report, which can be downloaded in English and Spanish. Please be aware that the Spanish version was translated from the English; in the case of any discrepancies between the English and Spanish versions, the original English version shall control.