Lawmakers move to fine-tune law for cleanup of contaminated sites

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Legislature is working to fine-tune what some regard as one of the state’s most successful environmental initiatives: the cleaning up by licensed professionals of abandoned industrial sites and other locations contaminated by discharge of hazardous waste.

In the last decade, the Site Remediation Reform Act, in bureaucratic jargon, has reduced the number of sites awaiting cleanup from more than 20,000 to about 13,500, according to Mark Pedersen, an assistant commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection.

In the past, many of those sites languished without any action to contain the pollution therein, to the frustration of residents living around those sites as well as environmental groups …

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