Published in The Coast Star on May 11, 2000
The Army, in its remediation effort at Camp Evans in Wall Township, has decided not to remove the lead-paint and non-friable asbestos at the camp, before it transfers the property to Wall Township for recreational and educational purposes.
Mr. Carberry, a distributor and part-owner of Global Encasement, Inc., notes that encapsulating can be done at 20. percent the cost of removal. In fact, his company has performed similar operations for the Army at bases across the country.
“Encapsulating is only a portion of the cost of removal. The Army might consider this option because it is affordable,” stated Mr. Carberry. “This is a viable alternative.”
Restoration Advisory Board member [RAB] Jim Stigliano is in the process of arranging for Mr. Carberry to present his idea to the Army at an upcoming RAB meeting.
In fact, he is hoping to have Mr. Carberry pitch his remedial idea to the Army at the next RAB meeting, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 23.
“It just seems like the logical thing to do. I will try to get whatever I can to bring cost-effective remediation to the camp,” stated Mr. Stigliano.
The particular area of the camp in question consists of 52.26 acres, and is labeled Parcel E. The parcel contains nine buildings and open
fields, which are currently being converted into the North Wall Little ,League’s ball fields.
The parcel used to be home to the Antennae Test Field, where the Army conducted tests on communications and electronic equipment and trained its troop’s in using the equipment, from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
The RAB has expressed the fear that the proximity of the buildings to the ball fields may allow lead paint chips to scatter into the ground and eventually into the mouths of young children.
However, the Army has maintained that under its guidelines it is not required to remove lead-paint or non-friable asbestos unless the buildings are being transferred for a residential use.
Mr. Carberry explains that most post-WWII buildings were made from 50 percent cement and 50 percent asbestos. These materials allowed fire-proof buildings to be erected in mere days.
“When you move the clock forward, you begin to realize that there is a problem with asbestos, especially at military bases, which were loaded with the material,” explains Mr. Carberry.
He notes that lead-paint and asbestos are not a problem if the are in good shape, or non-friabll, which means intact.
The method employed to encapsulate lead-paint and asbestos features a liquid spray paint, which coats the area and hardens. The final step entails applying a thin coat of paint.
In the two-part process, the prime coat adds over 10,000 pounds of adhesion to act like Saran wrap on any loose or raises up chips. Once the material is
tight and hard again, the top coat u thick paint can be applied. The EPA has put a 20-year warrantee on the encapsulation process.
Mr. Carberry notes that ripping the asbestos out of the buildings, would cost five times the amount of encapsulation. Removal also entails having to replace some of the functions of the building material, like fireproofing.
Lead-paint is not considered a hazardous substance under the Army’s Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act [CERCLA] guidelines.
But, the Army does state in its Finding of Suitability to Transfer [FOST] document that “Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose health hazards if not managed properly. The grantee is notified that the property may present exposure to lead from lead-based paint that may place young children at risk of developing lead poisoning.”