Quick changes made to law on privatized cleanups at toxic waste sites


TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – With unusual swiftness, the Legislature yesterday approved a bill refining the state’s privatized system of cleaning up hazardous waste sites, a program that has led to the redevelopment of thousands of contaminated industrial properties.

Both the Senate and Assembly approved without debate a bill (S-1683) that would fine-tune a decade-old program widely regarded as helping the state to address pollution problems at nearly 14,000 contaminated sites.

The legislation, introduced only a few weeks ago, moved quickly through the environmental committees of the Legislature, usually a logjam for controversial issues, particularly relating to cleanups of toxic waste sites around New Jersey …

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