MANVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — All too often you hear of toxic sites being added in New Jersey, but one cleanup effort in Manville, N.J. is about to graduate off of the federal Superfund list.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports, it’s been nearly 100 years since the 50-acre property in Manville began its toxic downward spiral from industrial pollution.

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“Had been used for more than 30 years to preserve railroad ties. They were put in the lagoons filled with the preservative creosote,” said federal Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Bonnie Bellow.

According to Bellow, in the 60’s homes and businesses were built. Thirty years later, the toxic sludge in basements earned the federal creosote site Superfund status, sparking a massive cleanup in 1999.

“We ultimately had to buy 18 residential properties and relocate people to new homes,” Bellow said.

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Now, as a 15-year effort comes to an end, the EPA is proposing to remove the site from the Superfund list, deeming it clean.

A 30-day public comment period is under way.

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