LoBiondo Hails Announcement that VX Gas Proposal for Delaware River is "Dead in the Water"
U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today hailed the announcement by DuPont that it will not participate in treating wastewater from the U.S. Army's destruction of the VX chemical agent, currently housed in Newport, Ind., at DuPont¹s Chambers Works facility in Deepwater, N.J., for final treatment.
"Today's news is unquestionably welcome," said LoBiondo. "There was no way to convince me that there was a safe way to treat VX and dump it into the Delaware River. The more information presented to me, the more I was convinced that this was not in South Jersey's best interest. The residents and communities along the Delaware River should now be able to rest easy."
Congressmen LoBiondo, Jim Saxton (NJ-03), and Rob Andrews (NJ-01) were united from the beginning in their opposition to the Army's proposal. Together, they had requested environmental, public health and cost benefit studies regarding the project from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the General Accounting Office (GAO), respectively. The GAO report, which is currently under review by the Army, is due to be made public in late January 2007.
"Congressmen Saxton, Andrews and I were unambiguous in our opposition. We made our case pretty formidably against the project, and I appreciate their commitment and partnership in working to prevent VX from reaching South Jersey. Unequivocally, this is the conclusion that we wanted," continued LoBiondo.