Cancer-causing chromium has been leaching into the soil near the site of the former E.C. Electroplating plant on Clark Street since 1983. The plant stopped operating in 2009. The federal Environmental Protection Agency started removing tanks and soil in 2011, but doesn't have the money to finish the job.
Some New Jersey legislators hope to change that. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, as well as Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. and Bill Pascrell, Jr. , announced Monday they would reintroduce legislation that would restore a tax on polluters to pay for the cleanup of Superfund sites like the E.C. Electroplating plant.