NJ denies controversial groundwater cleanup plan in Pompton Lakes

Pompton Lake, NJ, cleanup area

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – State officials have denied a controversial plan to clean contaminated groundwater that sits under a Pompton Lakes neighborhood, saying the project is not needed because levels of cancer-causing chemicals from a former DuPont munitions plant are already decreasing.

In a letter sent this week to a DuPont spinoff company, Chemours, the state Department of Environmental Protection said it would not approve a permit for hydraulic surcharging — a process in which clean water would be pumped into the polluted water beneath 450 homes to dilute the contamination, but not remove it …

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