Edison Council President Charles Tomaro is kicking off his “Dig This Campaign” to persuade homeowners in Woodbridge and throughout Middlesex County to dig up and remove underground fuel tanks from their properties.
There is $70 million in state grants available to New Jersey homeowners to pay for the excavation and removal of these potentially hazardous underground storage tanks from residential properties, Tomaro explained.
“Burying fuel tanks on residential properties was a common practice for decades. Today, we know better. Fuel tanks decay, leak and contaminate our soil and drinking water,” said Tomaro. “They must go.”
“State grant money is available to qualified homeowners and the average Middlesex County homeowner would easily qualify,” said Tomaro. “My hope is that homeowners in Woodbridge and throughout Middlesex County will take advantage of these grants. They have been under-used in previous past years.”
As an incentive for Edison homeowners, Tomaro is drafting two ordinances to prohibit new underground storage on properties and to offer a one-year waiver of the $75 permit fee for Edison homeowners who apply for state grants to excavate their old tanks.
“Once Edison’s ordinances are in place, I want to encourage other towns in Middlesex County to adopt similar measures as incentives to their residents,” Tomaro said.
In mid-March, Tomaro and 18th District lawmakers Assemblymen Peter Barnes III, Patrick Diegnan and Sen. President Barbara Buono, hosted a Town Hall meeting to raise awareness about the removal of potentially hazardous underground storage tanks.
Representatives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) were on hand to discuss the state grant program.
Homeowners can get information about the state grants by calling the Edison Township Clerk at (732) 248-7350 or at the Edison’s website www.edisonnj.org. More information can be found at http://www.njeda.com and http://www.state.nj.us/dep/srp/finance/ustfund.