PAYNE JOINS NEW JERSEY DELEGATION IN EPA ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLEAN UP PASSAIC RIVER

PAYNE JOINS NEW JERSEY DELEGATION IN EPA ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLEAN UP PASSAIC RIVER

Newark, N.J. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) joined with Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of plans to clean up the Passaic River.

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. said the following after the EPA’s announcement:

“The Passaic River is one of the most polluted sites in the United States.

 “Factory discharges sweep back and forth, trash overflows into the river, and for decades New Jersey officials have warned against eating fish from the Passaic because it is so contaminated. 

“This negatively affects our drinking water and the air we breathe, jeopardizing the health of the children and families that live in this area.

“Although some measures have been taken to clean up the Passaic, it continues to be contaminated with toxins, pesticides, and metals.

“Needless to say, cleaning up the Passaic is long overdue, and I am so happy that the Environmental Protection Agency is assisting in this effort. 

“Although this cleanup will involve a cost spread out over several years, the cost of not doing an extensive cleanup is even greater.

“The risks to the public health, the environment, and our economy are too great to ignore.

“The benefits of cleaning the Passaic for our overall health, economic, and environmental well-being are immeasurable, and I want to extend my full support for this effort.”  

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