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Arsenic, lead levels could crush property values in N.J. town, suit says

CRAIG MCCARTHY / NJ.COM – It’s been five years since the owners of the U.S. Metals Refining Company agreed to test the dirt around its former smelting site along Arthur Kill and clean up any potential contamination.

Now, alarmed by the findings recently mailed out, Carteret homeowners have banded together to file a suit against the company. The class action suit alleges that 80 years of extracting copper has polluted nearby properties, exposing residents to unsafe levels of lead and arsenic.

“This kind of contamination can be crushing to property values,” said Steve German, an attorney for residents. “People have invested in their homes. This is where their lives are. This lawsuit is about people who are fearful for their health in the future.” …

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