Factory to be torn down in in NJ superfund cleanup

August 8, 2012 2:14:39 PM PDT
The Environmental Protection Agency and both U.S. Senators from New Jersey were on hand to announce a major milestone Wednesday in the cleanup of toxic contamination in Garfield.

Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez were joined by Congressmember Bill Pascrell, Jr., in announcing that the electroplating factory that triggered the contamination will be torn down.

The problem started in 1983 with a chromium spill.

Four years ago, high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found seeping into basements from contaminated groundwater.

More than 600 homes were tested, and the cleanup has been under way since then.

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