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NJ’s environment is cleaner after infrastructure deal: EPA
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NJ’s environment is cleaner after infrastructure deal: EPA

NJ's environment will be cleaner in 2022 with infrastructure deal: EPA

The site where the Diamond Head Oil Refinery used to be located in Kearny was contaminated with toxic metals since the late 1970s.

The federal money to clean up contaminants has dried up over the past 36 years.

This will change in the New Year. Federal money will be injected into the nationalSuperfund program to launch cleanup efforts at the former refinery site and six other sites across New Jersey that have been left untreated.

President Joe Biden signed legislation in November under the provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure DealIt will reinstate taxes on the sale certain chemicals and revive a source for money.The nation’s Superfund program, a 1980 project that paid to clean up toxic areas across the United States. It has been in existence since 1980.

Work being performed at the Vineland Chemical Co. Superfund site in 2011.

Superfund money in New Jersey will be used to clean up the Diamond Head Oil Refinery site at Kearny and the former Kil-Tone Company site at Vineland. It will also go to cleanup projects at the former Kil-Tone Company site site in Vineland.

The Garden State has been known for having the most Superfund sites in America for years.

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It’s a legacy that Lisa Garcia, the newly appointedadministrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’sRegion 2, which includes New Jersey, wants to change.

Lisa F. Garcia is the newly appointed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 2, which includes New Jersey.

Garcia stated, “New Jersey still has superfund sites.” “It’s great to know that some superfund sites are being cleaned up.”

New Jersey’s industrial past, prominence in the nation’s chemical productionsector through 20th century, combined with lax pollution control and illegal dumping, sealed the state’s fate in Superfund sites.

In the 1970s, when environmental activism and awareness grew, there was a turnaround. Beginning with the federal regulations regarding chemical dumping, stricter state and federal regulations were adopted.Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1996.

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