TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday said it has been awarded a $267,000 grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to study problems associated with abandoned mines in the northern part of the State.
The New Jersey Geological Survey, which will provide matching funds of nearly $90,000, was awarded the federal grant to provide accurate GPS locations for abandoned mines and to develop a scientific database of information to be used to prioritize the risk of ground collapse, DEP said in a release.
“Identifying these sites is very important to public safety,” said Commissioner Bob Martin. “This effort will provide counties and towns in former mining areas with valuable information to better understand what literally lies beneath them, to help remediate unstable sites and recondition tracts for potential safe residential and business redevelopment.”
DEP reports that nearly 600 abandoned copper, graphite, iron, lead, mica, manganese, sulfide, uranium and zinc mine locations have been identified in North Jersey. The majority are located in Morris, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and northern Passaic counties, with a small number also found in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex and Union counties.
For more information on abandoned New Jersey mines, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/njgs/geodata/dgs03-2.htm