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New Jersey Junkyard Cleanup to Get $72 Million From EPA

Nov. 12, 2019, 7:37 PM

A final soil cleanup plan for a West Deptford, N.J., Superfund site contaminated by battery and metals recycling, landfill, and other operations will cost $72.2 million, the Environmental Protection Agency said Nov. 12.

The 82.5-acre Matteo & Sons Inc. site became a junkyard in 1961 and still has an active 10-acre metal salvaging facility. It was added to the EPA Superfund list of the worst contaminated U.S. properties in 2006 after state inspections found crushed automobile battery casings and household waste along stream banks, lead smelting ash, abandoned waste drums, and other pollution.

A nearby residential area was added...

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