‘The Passaic River is N.J.’s biggest crime scene’: Booker blasts EPA over pollution progress

Passaic River, Newark, New Jersey

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – On the Passaic River, the path to decontamination is slow going.

A roughly 17-mile-long stretch of the North Jersey waterway, from Newark Bay to just south of the Dundee Dam in Garfield, is one of the most polluted sites in America. Buried in the mud and sediment and the bottom of the river and along the riverbanks are a variety of toxic chemicals left behind by decades of industrial dumping. To this day, people are warned not to eat any fish caught in the river.

“The people of New Jersey can’t use what should be one of their greatest natural resources because it was stolen from them by corporate greed years ago,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. “I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the Passaic River is New Jersey’s biggest crime scene.” …

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