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Runyan Requests EPA Investigation On Syringes Washing Up on NJ Beaches

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Location: Washington, DC

On Tuesday, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) sent a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lisa Jackson, requesting an investigation into the finding of insulin syringes on Long Beach Island.

"With the start of the summer season, it is important that our beaches and shore are safe for families to visit," said Congressman Runyan. "The closing of beaches from Barnegat Light to Ship Bottom is very distressing and must be investigated. I know that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is currently investigating the issue, but the EPA might have to get involved, in case the medical waste came from one of our neighboring states. The summer season is a vital time period for many businesses on Long Beach Island and the surrounding area. If beaches are closed because of medical waste pollution, many of these businesses might lose desperately needed revenue."


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