N.J. has the most toxic waste sites. Top Democrat wants to tax polluters to clean them up.

new jersey environment, pollution, epa, superfund

JONATHAN D. SALANT / NJ.COM – Companies responsible for dumping chemicals again would pay a special tax to clean up polluted sites under legislation introduced Thursday by a powerful New Jersey Democrat.

The tax would fall on corporations, especially those involved in manufacturing chemicals or petroleum products. Such taxes expired in 1995 and Congress has rebuffed efforts to restore them.

The funding is especially important to New Jersey, which has more Superfund sites than any other state, 114. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th Dist., who introduced the bill, said about half of the state’s population lives within three miles of one …

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