GARFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Residents in Garfield are living in fear after the federal government said it doesn’t have the money to clean up land contaminated by cancer-causing chromium.
As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has already removed thousands of tons of contaminated soil from the site, says it has run out money needed to treat an underground plume that has seeped into the basements of nearby houses and businesses. The final cleanup would costs tens of millions of dollars, an EPA official told a congressional panel Tuesday.
The pollution started in 1983 when more than 3 tons of chromium spilled at E.C. Electroplating, which is now closed.