Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA: 'Oil Lake' in New Jersey's Meadowlands to Get Clean Up

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

EPA: 'Oil Lake' in New Jersey's Meadowlands to Get Clean Up

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KEARNY, N.J. * The federal government has approved a plan to clean up a contaminated site in New Jersey's Meadowlands dubbed "Oil Lake."

The site in Kearny contains tons of polluted soil from the now-closed Diamond Head Oil Refinery. The $24 million plan approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday calls for taking out thousands of truckloads of the tainted soil.

The pollution dates to at least 1946, when the plant began recycling waste oil, which it did until 1979. Plant workers regularly dumped oil in wetlands, creating an oil lake, according to the EPA.

Toxic agents, such as PCBs, dioxin and harmful organic compounds, now saturate the area. The contaminants pose an unacceptable risk to the environment, according to an EPA health risk assessment.

Contaminated soil at the site will be removed in two phases. …

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