Joined by U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region II and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) officials, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today continued his annual inspection of Superfund sites in the 11th Congressional District that are currently on the EPA's National Priorities List (NPL).
"It is important for me to personally visit Superfund sites to assess the progress being made," said Frelinghuysen. "New Jersey has more Superfund sites than any other state in the nation but considerable progress has been made. Since 1980 when the Superfund program began, 30 sites in New Jersey have been removed from the National Priority List."
At the Rockaway Borough Wellfield site in Rockaway, the EPA announced the completion of a system to treat ground water contaminated by perchloroethylene.
In addition to the Rockaway Borough Wells in Rockaway Borough, Frelinghuysen's annual tour of Superfund sites in Morris and Essex Counties took him to: Radiation Technology, Inc., Lake Denmark Road, Rockaway Township, Rockaway Township Wells, Enterprise Road, Rockaway Township, Dayco Corp./L.E. Carpenter Co., Main Street, Borough of Wharton, Dover Municipal Well 4, Richards Avenue, Town of Dover and Caldwell Trucking Co., Passaic Avenue/O'Connor Drive, Township of Fairfield, Essex County.
"The number of Superfund sites in New Jersey's 11th Congressional District is down to 12. However, it is still important to monitor these clean up efforts and work with the Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to ensure efforts to clean up toxic waste sites are handled appropriately."
Currently, 112 Superfund sites are located in New Jersey, including 12 in the 11th Congressional District. Since the Superfund program began in 1980, 30 sites in New Jersey have been removed from the National Priority List, including 3 in the 11th Congressional District.
Frelinghuysen was joined on the tour by:
* Judith Enck, Regional Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency Region 2
* William Chegwidden, Mayor of Borough of Wharton and Morris County Freeholder
* James Gasparini, Mayor of Township of Fairfield