Despite doubts regarding the Administration’s intentions, Pruitt announces plan to force polluters to cleanup New Jersey Superfund sites

April 1, 2018

Although President Trump has proposed to cut the EPA’s budget significantly, Pruitt said the EPA “will have the money it needs [to address NJ Superfund sites] by ensuring that the companies responsible for the contamination clean it up.” New Jersey has more high-priority Superfund sites than any other state, with sites located in Bridgewater, Bergen County and Newark. Environmental groups are dubious about how Pruitt’s plan will play out; Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, voiced concerns that the end result will be EPA removing the sites off the list without having them cleaned up at all. Dow Chemical is one company that is allegedly responsible for contamination at some of New Jersey’s Superfund sites. Pruitt has nominated Dow's senior attorney, Peter Wright, to run the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), the agency that oversees Superfund cleanups.

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