Sunday, October 26, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

EPA Details Plans for Cleanup of Dioxins, PCB's and Other Toxins from Passaic River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided new details on its plan to clean up a section of the Passaic River in Newark that is heavily polluted with dioxin, PCBs, and other toxic substances.

EPA Details Plans for Cleanup of Dioxins, PCB’s and Other Toxins from Passaic River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided new details on its plan to clean up a section of the Passaic River in Newark that is heavily polluted with dioxin, PCBs, and other toxic substances.

At its first public meeting after announcing the plan in mid-April, the agency said Wednesday that it wants to dredge some 4.3 million cubic yards of sediment from the full width of the river bed, take it by barge to be dewatered, and then send it by train to landfills or incinerators in the U.S. or Canada.

Project Manager Alice Yeh told about 200 Newark residents at the city’s Portuguese Sports Club that eight miles of the riverbed would then be capped with sand and stone to contain remaining contaminated material and prevent it from entering the food chain.

The contamination represents a “significant” risk to the health of anyone who eats fish or shellfish from the river, she said.

The proposed volume of sediment, which would be dredged to allow ships to use the river and to prevent flooding, represents about half of the contaminated material in the riverbed.

Click here for the full post

About this blog
NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. We are non-partisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded, and we're partnering with Philly.com.

Contact us: info@njspotlight.com

Press releases: news@njspotlight.com

Sales: kharold@njspotlight.com

More information: www.njspotlight.com


NJ Spotlight
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected