Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bridge Malfunction Stalls Passaic River Dredging

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bridge Malfunction Stalls Passaic River Dredging

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LYNDHURST -- The dredging of contaminated mud on the Passaic River has been halted for at least 30 days because a century-old swing bridge has again broken down, preventing barges from hauling out the material, officials said Wednesday.

It is the second time in as many months that problems at the Bridge Street Bridge have delayed the project to remove about 20,000 cubic yards of dioxin-laden mud next to Riverside County Park.

Environmental Protection Agency officials said the site has been secured and dredging will resume immediately when the bridge connecting Newark to Harrison is able to swing open.

"It's very key to the site," said David Kluesner, an EPA spokesman. "We're working full time to resolve this."

Dredging was supposed to be completed in October and capping done by December. Those deadlines are pushed back at least a month, Kluesner said. About 40 percent of the contaminated mud has been dredged to date. Almost 8,000 tons has been transported offsite for processing. …

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