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I am buying a house by Sheffield park in Wayne. I am concerned about it being contaminated from the Thorium

Asked by 2ndhome, Wayne, NJ Thu Apr 30, 2009

Thorium in Wayne?

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Nobody can give you a safety guarantee regarding the Thorium cleanup in the Black Oak Ridge area of Wayne. If you perceive a risk, you should not buy there. If you review all the data and conclude that the risk is minimal, then you can go ahead. But ultimately, the decision is yours and yours alone. I personally would not buy a personal residence in any area that was known to have buried toxic waste, regardless of the cleanup or government assurances. It's not worth the risk. There is also the attached stigma. People will always associate that area of Wayne with the Thorium problem. Value and marketability could be adversely affected for decades.

-Marc

Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
Member, Worldwide ERC
Licensed Realtor NJ
Licensed Appraiser NJ & NY
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Agent of the Year 2008
Owner: Sands Appraisal Service, Inc.
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
Search the Garden State MLS: http://www.marcpaolella.com/SearchMLS
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 30, 2009
Real estate is not all about facts. Some aspects of it are emotional and even irrational. They are nonetheless real. Please review the concept of stigmatized properties. The concept is basically that a property can suffer diminished value and marketability even in the absence of a true defect. Properties in a radioactive toxic waste area are an example of stigmatized properties. A certain percentage of the buying public will NEVER want to live in a toxic waste area regardless of government cleanups or assurances. The government and EPA are certainly not infallible with respect to cleanups. They could declare an area remediated, yet there is still an element of risk.

And half of New Jersey is NOT over a Thorium remediation.

And by the way, refer to the sad story of Picher Oklahoma with regard to government assurances versus ultimate reality.

My well-informed opinion is that it would be inadvisable to buy a personal residence on or close to a toxic waste site. There are plenty of areas without that stigma from which to make a selection.

-Marc

Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
Member, Worldwide ERC
Licensed Realtor NJ
Licensed Appraiser NJ & NY
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
Agent of the Year 2008
Owner: Sands Appraisal Service, Inc.
Phone (direct): (973) 584-4235
Search the Garden State MLS: http://www.marcpaolella.com/SearchMLS
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 3, 2009
I lived off of Sheffield Road in Wayne for 17 years. Yes, there were cases of cancer that I knew of as well as a case of "tumors" (non-cancerous) in the neighborhood. However, one does not develop cancer overnight, as my family has learned. I was pregnant when I moved there, and the son I gave birth to was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 25. It recurred at 26. I am currently undergoing testing for lymphoma or leukemia. Can I prove that there was a connection? No. But in my mind and in my heart I know what caused this. I wouldn't allow anyone I know to move in that area of Wayne. Feel free to contact me.
Gloryann Torres
West Palm Beach, FL
glorytorre@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 2, 2009
Interesting answer Marc,

I'm glad you indicated that it was your personal opinion that you would not buy a personal residence in that area regardless of any cleanup or government assurances. I personally believe that the Trulia community would benefit more from sticking to the known allegations and facts. Personal opinions are better expressed on blogs where they do not follow directly behind the otherwise sound advice you're giving here.

Frankly speaking, if we all follow that advice, half of our beloved NJ really wouldn't be a smart place to live. It takes quite a bit of experience and knowledge of local history to find out about many of these toxic waste sites, remedied or not. Kudos on addressing it openly.....even better if we do it in a well-informed manner.

Sincerely,

Jacobus "Jack" Vollenberg
RE Appraiser - Vollenberg Appraisers
Asset Manager - ERA Statewide Realty
Vollenberg@iname.com
Cell (973) 590-0142
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 3, 2009
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