TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Ocean County officials are asking a monitoring firm to verify the mileage of debris contractors hired to clean up after Superstorm Sandy.
Officials have raised concerns that many trips from temporary storage debris areas to landfills were exactly or just over 16 miles. That distance is the threshold for 30 percent higher hauling costs under the county’s contract with debris firm Ashbritt Environmental of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
The county has asked the Louis Berger Group to verify the mileage already approved by another monitor, Arcadis.
Arcadis says it used Google Maps to calculate distances, and that the search engine’s software gave inconsistent results.
The Record first reported both the trips clocking in at 16 miles and the re-examination of the reports.