N.J. judge OKs $165.4M in Passaic River pollution settlements

12/17/2013 | Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), The

A New Jersey judge approved two settlements totaling $165.4 million from nearly 300 municipalities, firms and public agencies alleged to have contaminated the Passaic River, part of which is a Superfund site. The settlement proceeds are "a vital step forward in the state's effort to ensure that polluters pay all costs associated with the Passaic River cleanup, and that New Jersey residents are compensated for damages caused by the pollution," said acting Attorney General John Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Martin. The action comes prior to a lawsuit against Occidental Chemical, which officials say will be charged with intentionally releasing chemical waste such as dioxin into the river "for decades."

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