Cleanup of Passaic River to begin

June 23, 2008 10:44:08 AM PDT
The Passaic River cleanup is about to begin. Environmental officials on Monday said the work will remove half of the cancer-causing chemical called dioxin from the river.

The work will start in front of the now-shuttered Diamond Shamrock plant in Newark, whose products included Agent Orange, the defoliant used in the Vietnam War.

A second phase will remove additional sediment from areas near the plant. Together, about 200,000 cubic yards of the most-contaminated mud are to be removed.

Officials say the $80 million project will be paid for by Occidental Chemical and Tierra Solutions and take about two-and-a-half years to complete.

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