Washington-U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ, 8th) today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with thirty-one companies to provide funding for the Lower Passaic River Restoration Project.
"This deal struck by the EPA is an important step in our mission to restore the lower Passaic River. I have worked hard to secure the federal - state partnership for this project which I believe can provide a realistic approach to restoring the river to usable conditions. The communities surrounding the Passaic River have waited long enough and I am pleased we can continue this feasibility study with the contribution."
"The mighty Passaic River has gone through a lot since the industrial revolution. One-hundred years of abuse led down to the lowest point, when in 1970, the EPA declared the Passaic River the 'second most polluted river in America.'"
"I look forward to the day when we can implement a solution to clean up the Passaic that actually restores the environmental and economic values of this critically important river. Close cooperation among agencies will help us find the innovative and comprehensive results New Jersey residents should demand."