December 21, 2015
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ronald Riccio. On December 2, 2015, I was appointed by Order of the Court as the new Site Administrator responsible for overseeing the remediation and restoration of the PPG chromium contaminated sites in Jersey City and Bayonne.
I officially start my work as Site Administrator on January 4, 2016. To date I have spent a significant amount of time familiarizing myself with the cleanup sites and, in particular, the concerns of the residents and businesses impacted by those sites. I am pleased to report that the transition from the current Site Administrator, Mike McCabe, to me has been smooth and seamless. Mike provided independent leadership working with the City, DEP and PPG to implement a remedy that to date has led to the removal of more than 1,000,000 tons of contaminated soil and protected area residents from exposure during excavation.
Speaking personally, I was born and raised in the Greenville section (Woodlawn Avenue) and West Side section (Virginia Avenue) of Jersey City. For many years, my father owned and operated a small car lot located on the corner of Garfield and Carteret Avenues, directly across the street from a number of the contaminated sites. As a teenager, I spent many hours with my father and brother at the car lot. I have nothing but wonderful memories of those years, especially getting to know and respect many of the families living nearby.
So, I want you to know that I bring more than just a professional interest to my role as Site Administrator. I also bring a personal commitment to respect, and be sensitive to, all of the concerns of all of the persons and businesses in the communities impacted by the contaminated sites. I assure you I will do my very best to make sure the contaminated sites are remediated and restored in an effective, efficient, timely and, above all else, completely safe manner.
Mr. Jim Ray and Ms. Nancy Colson will be helping me with my work as Site Administrator. We are all committed to being accessible to you and responsive to your concerns.
I will be scheduling a public meeting in the not too distant future. You will be receiving notice of the date, time and location. I hope you can find the time to attend the meeting. I look forward to meeting you personally.
Very truly yours,
RONALD J. RICCIO