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EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR TESTIFIES AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON SUPERFUND PROGRESS IN NEW JERSEY

 TRENTON, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski testified today before the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Oversight of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at a field hearing in Trenton, N.J., on Superfund, the federal program to cleanup hazardous waste sites.
 Mr. Muszynski testified that some kind of federal or state action is underway at every National Priorities List (NPL) site in New Jersey. "In fact, at nearly three-quarters of the sites cleanup is either under design or construction."
 Another key point in Mr. Muszynski's testimony dealt with making polluters pay; "Through enforcement efforts, EPA has reached agreements covering over $420 million in private party response actions in New Jersey. This compares to only $55 million six years ago. Furthermore, $50 million has been recovered though settlements."
 Since Superfund began, EPA has spent nearly $60 million on more than 190 removal actions in the State of New Jersey. Examples of such actions include the stabilization and removal of hazardous substances in drums, tanks and lagoons; excavation and disposal of highly contaminated soils and sludges; the provision of drinking water supplies to replace threated or contaminated supplies, and responding to tire and chemical fires."
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Fax of the testimony, charts and fact sheets, available./
 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill, 212-264-2515, for the EPA/


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