Murphy’s veto means chemical plant can’t get back into the toxic waste business … yet

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BILL GALLO, JR. / NJ.COM – Gov. Phil Murphy has conditionally vetoed a bill that would have allowed large-scale processing of hazardous wastewater to resume at a South Jersey chemical plant site.

The measure would have allowed Chemours at its Chambers Works site in Salem County to begin taking material from off-site for treatment. The treated wastewater would then be dumped into the Delaware River.

“I am concerned that the bill does not contain specific safeguards to protect the health of our environment and the safety of our residents,” Murphy said in his message on the conditional veto Wednesday. “I am particularly concerned that the permissive language of the bill could be misinterpreted to permit a qualifying facility to immediately resume commercial waste processing operations.” …

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