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New Jersey's Senators Introduce A Bill Aimed At Cleaning Up The State's Toxic Waste Sites

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
June 9, 2014

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U.S. Senator's Cory Booker And Bob Menendez Introduce Bill To Fund EPA's Superfund Sites

New Jersey’s two U. S. Senators have introduced a bill aimed at raising funds to clean up the state’s most toxic industrial waste sites.

The bill, originally introduced by Senator Lautenberg, would reinstate the “polluter pays” measure to fund the EPA’s superfund program. It would impose a tax on the companies responsible for the pollution. Senator Cory Booker is chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee.

“Please understand that the toxins that the chemicals are not contained to s superfund site they leach out into our waters and our rivers there is a health urgency surrounding us that demands that we act and deal with these ongoing challenges.”

A similar tax enacted during the Carter administration expired in 1995, and funding for the cleanup of the sites has since diminished. New Jersey has 149 toxic sites, more than any other state.

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