Booker, Menendez Announce Funds Headed for Contaminated Site Clean-ups

Booker, Menendez Announce Funds Headed for Contaminated Site Clean-ups

Cape May County Herald


U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez announced that $438 million in funds have now been disbursed for clean-up of two New Jersey Superfund sites, as a result of a historic environmental settlement reached with Anadarko and Kerr-McGee. The funds will go toward paying for past and future clean-up work at the Welsbach Superfund site located in Camden and Gloucester City, New Jersey and reimburse the federal government for substantial clean-up costs at the Federal Creosote Superfund site in Manville, New Jersey.

“Too many New Jersey families live in proximity to these severely contaminated Superfund sites,” said Sen. Booker, who along with Sen. Menendez, introduced the Superfund Polluter Pays Restoration Act of 2014. “That's why the Superfund program is critical to New Jersey and why Congress needs to hold companies accountable for cleaning-up after years of irresponsible practices. Taxpayers should not be financing the clean-up of a mess they did not create, and no one should have to live or work near such hazardous sites.”

“Industry cannot contaminate our land, exploit our resources and endanger our communities without consequence,” said Sen. Menendez. “Making polluters pay is essential to protecting the health of our families and our environment without overburdening average hard-working taxpayers, who shouldn’t be the ones paying for the mistakes of those who caused the problem in the first place. Every New Jerseyan has a vested interest in doing all we can to make the Superfund Trust Fund as solvent, strong, and effective as possible. ”

New Jersey is home to more Superfund sites than any other state in the nation, with a total of 114 Superfund sites. Last year, Sen. Booker chaired an Environment and Public Works Subcommittee hearing, that examine the impacts of clean-up delays on communities as well as options for bringing desperately needed additional funding to Superfund clean-ups – both through legislation and through the EPA’s authority to create ‘Financial Responsibility Requirements’ which shift the burden of future remediation costs from the taxpayer to the owners of polluting facilities.

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