Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NJ chemical lobby calls Argentina cleanup dodge 'fraud'

Three months after the EPA announced the price tag for cleaning up a Superfund site in Newark, the company that bought polluter Diamond Alkali went into bankruptcy and backed away from the cleanup, leaving public outrage in its wake.

State legislators, at a hearing in the New Jersey Meadowlands today, heard testimony from numerous environmental organizations--and from the state's chemical industry--all who decried the actions by Maxus Energy and its owner, YPF, Argentina's state-owned oil company. 

Dennis Hart, executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, called the attempts by the corporations to avoid responsibility for the Superfund cleanup through bankruptcy a "blatant fraud."

NJTV News' Brenda Flanagan has the story above.

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