Editorial: Hackensack River – a simmering toxic stew

Hackensack River, NJ Environment News

NORTHJERSEY.COM – The Hackensack River is a toxic stew, having been savagely polluted for several decades. An Environmental Protection Agency sampling in recent years showed its riverbed laced for 22 miles — from Newark Bay north to the Oradell Reservoir — with a dangerous cocktail of dozens of contaminants. Designating the Hackensack with federal Superfund cleanup status is the most effective way to rehabilitate the river in a comprehensive way.

We can only hope the new administration in Trenton makes this more of a priority than the last one did. According to The Record and NorthJersey.com, the Christie administration — specifically the state Department of Environmental Protection — failed to move the ball forward toward Superfund cleanup despite repeated requests by federal officials to do so …

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