Fairfield, New Jerseyââ Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Lisa F. Garcia and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) Commissioner Shawn LaTourette for a visit to two sites Superfund at Unimatic Manufacturing Corp. and Caldwell Trucking Co. in Fairfield. Between tours, she held a press conference with the EPA’s regional administrator to announce the agency’s plans to fund new cleanup projects at 49 Superfund sites nationwide, including seven sites in the New Jersey, in part with funding provided by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“For too long the people of New Jersey have faced the dangerous burdens that Superfund sites place on our environment, public health and communities,” he added. said Representative Sherrill. âAs chair of the environment subcommittee, I am proud that the funding that we have included in the bipartite law on investment in infrastructure and jobs, and the announcement of this plan to finally go moving forward with projects that will help clean up these toxic sites, including right here at NJ-11, will help improve the health and safety of our community as a whole. This is just one of many examples of how this infrastructure law brings funds directly back to NJ-11 to meet the real needs of New Jersey and our families, making our communities stronger for generations to come. . I would like to thank EPA Regional Administrator Garcia and NJ DEP Commissioner LaTourette for joining me at NJ-11 today and for their unwavering commitment to cleaning up these Superfund sites.
“We are seeing a one-time investment in a generation that gives the EPA the resources to clean up legacy pollution that has not been corrected for too long, especially in underserved and overburdened communities.” said Garcia, EPA Region 2 administrator. âBipartite Infrastructure Act funds will go directly to ready-to-grow sites such as Unimatic, restoring a healthy and vibrant environment to the community of Fairfield. “
“The DEP welcomes the significant increase in federal funds to restart cleanups at seven New Jersey Superfund sites, including the Unimatic PCB site in Fairfield,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “New Jersey’s strong partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency will ensure that bipartisan infrastructure law provides funding to protect public health and restore our natural resources, make our communities safer, and make these seven properties for productive use, whether for open space or commercial activity. “
New Jersey has more Superfund locations than any other state in the country, with 10 residing in NJ-11. These sites, caused by dumping of hazardous waste, represent significant health threats and challenges for local communities. The bipartite Law on Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs provides significant funding to clean up these former pollution sites and remedy the damage to the environment and to public health.
Today it was announced that the EPA will use funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to advance a series of projects awaiting funding, including at the Unimatic Manufacturing site. Corporation. There, he will demolish the interior building on site and remove approximately 26,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and replace it with clean soil. During the cleanup, the EPA will monitor the air to protect residents from any hazardous particles resulting from the cleanup. This follows extensive work by NJDEP to remove approximately 5,000 tonnes of contaminated soil to reduce some of the risks associated with the site.
In particular, it should be noted that for these projects the usual state requirement of 10% cost sharing has been removed.