‘Legacy’ mercury pollution still a problem in New Jersey meadowlands waters

New Jersey meadowlands

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY / PHYS.ORG – “Legacy” mercury pollution from decades ago and miles away is an important source of contamination in New Jersey Meadowlands waterways, according to a Rutgers-led study that could help guide cleanup efforts.

The study in the Journal of Hazardous Materials identified upper Berry’s Creek and its tributary, Peach Island Creek, in Bergen County, as major sources of mercury found throughout the Meadowlands coastal ecosystem. The two creeks are part of a Superfund site slated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a $332 million cleanup …

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