Environmental Group Sues over Delaware River Fish Kills
By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
October 2, 2013
An environmental group is taking legal action to ensure a nuclear power plant on the Delaware River cleans up its act.
The New Jersey Sierra Club is demanding the Department of Environmental Protection force PSE&G’s nuclear plant in Salem to comply with the Clean Water Act. The plant has been operating without a valid permit for over six years. Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittle says the plant’s current operating system kills three billion fish a year, which impacts the river’s entire ecosystem.
Tittle says the group is stepping in because the DEP isn’t doing its part to protect the river.
“I think the reason the DEP hasn’t done it, quite frankly, is they’ve been taking the side of the polluters over people. This river belongs to all of us, but for some reason they seem to think that it’s okay for PSE&G to keep killing fish and pollute the river.”
The Sierra Club’s legal action is part of a bigger effort by environmental groups to put pressure on the DEP to ensure all industrial facilities reduce pollution and fish kills in the region.