- NJDEP's Forest Fire strongly advises a minimum of 100 feet of 'defensible space' around structures to protect structures from forest fires and vise versa. Great Adventure's solar site will have just 30 feet of 'defensible space'.
- Forest Fire confirmed that the area has a great probability of fire because:
This week NJDEP's Forest Fire Service shed more light on the problems with Six Flags Great Adventure's solar site and validated a number of our fire-related concerns.
3/18 Update. Asbury Park Press OpEd: WOOLWICH: Jackson must require solar panel disposal fund.
"KDC Solar, the developer of the Six Flags Solar Plant plans to use Chinese-manufactured LDK solar panels, which fail the Toxicity Characterization Leaching Process for lead... causing them to become hazardous waste at their end-of-life."
Jennifer Woolwich, the president of the ONLY photovoltaic panel recycling company in United States ever to exist, and one of the world's top experts on panel toxicity, came down from New York to testify about the dire need for the pre-funding of the solar site's decommission and recycling... because the solar panels that Six Flags Great Adventure and KDC Solar intend to install do not pass the TCLP (toxic leaching test).
Following up on previous statement by Six Flags' engineer that the northern part of the stream crossing Reed Road is not connected to the southern part (an unnamed tributary of Toms River), Geoffrey Goll, hydrology expert witness for the objectors had submitted evidence that the two stream parts are in fact connected and part of a Category 1 stream-- the most protected water body designation by federal government.
Citizen testimony revealed that Six Flags/KDC Solar omitted pertinent, if inconvenient, parts of the US Fish and Wildlife letter from their Environmental Impact Statement, which expressed concerns about a number of wildlife species, as well as this statement:
One of the highlights of the 2/22 hearing was the testimony by Environmental Commission's Vice-Chair Denise Garner, who spoke out about the pressure placed on the Environmental Commission members in approving this project and illegal vote forced by the Chair of EC and member of the Planning Board, Anthony Russo.
Jackson Council is to change the Land Use Ordinance AGAIN to accommodate Six Flags Solar Plan: Meeting 3/8
We just found out that Jackson Council is planning to amend (AGAIN!) the Land Use Ordinance and the requirements of the conditional use for Solar in order to make Six Flags solar plan pass through the Planning Board!
The Council is looking to remove the Native Grasses requirement that's currently necessary to meet the conditional use of the ordinance which permitted solar arrays on CR-2 zoned land. CR-2 zone ordinarily allows use that's "consistent with natural use of land".
Here is the proposed Land Use resolution:
Take a look at this slideshow to learn the basic facts of the project and how this project was made possible.
After the last hearing update, we’d received a number of identical inquiries form a bunch of Jackson residents. Almost all of them sounded roughly like this:
Q: We live on... [Fox Hollow, Winterberry, Buttonwood, etc.] and can hear noise from Six Flags during their open season as it is, with the buffer of 70+ acres of forest still in place. What will happen to noise pollution if the project is approved?
Close to 100 people packed the Planning Board hearing room last Monday and dozens had signed up to make a statement.
There was further testimony on Storm Water Management and roughly 20 Jackson Residents got a chance to speak before the Board adjourned and scheduled the final hearing for Monday, February 22 at 7:30pm.
There were many compelling and moving statements from Jackson residents against this project. Here are a few that Asbury Park Press had featured in an article: