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Sweeney Bill Funding for Toxic Site Clean Up

Date : Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:56:02 -0500

/For Immediate Release/
January 25, 2012 Contact Jeff Tittel, 609-558-9100

*Funding for Toxic Site Clean Up* Senate President Sweeney and Assemblyman Burzichelli today held a press conference on legislation they will be introducing on Monday to clean up toxic sites across the state.*Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel* issued the following statement in response:

"In far too many places in New Jersey there are toxic sites that are abandoned or mothballed sittingthere leaking toxics into the environment.Whether its refineries, chemical plants, or industrial sites, these parcels are not only a blight on the landscape but directly impact public health and the communities around them.Many of the owners of these properties get tax appeals to lower their tax burden so they can sit on these properties for decades.The owners of these toxic sites are not required to clean them up until they are ready to sell or redevelop them.This legislation is a first step in requiring these polluted sites to get cleaned up by ensuring any money they get goes back into cleaning up the sites.We agree that any money the property owners get from tax appeals should be reinvested in cleaning up the site and the community around them.We think the Legislature needs to go a step further and compel these companies to clean up their toxic sites so that they do not go on for years harming the groundwater and communities around them and they can be put back to productive uses.We believe in polluters pay, not polluters take the money and run away."

Kate Millsaps
Program Assistant
NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club
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