The EPA has proposed a $1.7 billion cleanup of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The cleanup will be the largest ever of its kind. It will involve removal of 4.3 million cubic yards of sediment that is contaminated with dioxins, PCBs, and heavy metals, from an 8-mile stretch of river. The river will be dredged from bank to bank and then capped. Cleanup will protect human health and the environment and will create jobs in New Jersey.
The EPA will hold public meetings regarding the cleanup proposal. One meeting took place earlier this month, another will take place later in May, and a third in June. Dates and locations of the meetings will be announced by EPA.
More information is available in the EPA news release, here.
A draft of the cleanup plan is available on the EPA Region 2 website.
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