NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today praised the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) $36.5 Million finalized plan to clean up contaminated soil and ground water at the LCP Chemicals, Inc. (LCP) Superfund site in Linden. The EPA is requiring the demolition of all contaminated buildings on the property and the capping and treatment of polluted soil and ground water on the land and in nearby stream.

"The Superfund program is critical for the Garden State," said Sen. Menendez. "The health and well-being of New Jersey residents are protected when polluters are held accountable for the damage they have caused."

From 1972 to 1985, LCP operated a chlorine plant on the 26-acre industrial site located on the Tremley Point peninsula along the Arthur Kill. The EPA found elevated levels of mercury and other contaminants in samples of soil, sediment, surface water and the underlying ground water. Mercury exposure can damage a person's nervous and immune systems, brain, heart, lungs and kidneys, and impact area fish and wildlife, according to the agency. The site was added to the Superfund list in 1998.

"I have long been a supporter of the Superfund program and am pleased to see the EPA is acting aggressively to protect New Jersey communities," Sen. Menendez said.

The Superfund program is guided by the principle that polluters, not taxpayers, should pay for cleanups. The EPA seeks out the responsible parties and holds them accountable for the costs of investigations and cleanups.