Why has the DEP failed to rank NJ’s polluted sites?

NJTV NEWS – A decade ago the State Department of Environmental Protection agreed to rank its most contaminated sites to make sure the most toxic of them remained a state priority, even though private companies were taking on a bigger role in the clean up. Those rankings never happened. ProPublica’s environmental impact reporter Talia Buford dug into the reasons. She sat down with Correspondent Michael Hill.

Hill: Talia, you wrote this article for ProPublica, and in the article title is “New Jersey said ten years ago it would rank its most contaminated sites. It never did.” Why didn’t it?

Buford: Well, the state said that it was too hard, and that it was too difficult and that they had other systems in place to make sure that the worst contaminated sites were being cleaned up and adequately overseen …

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