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Feds Reveal $37M Plan To Clean Up Garfield Site

E.C. Electroplating, 125 Clark St., in Garfield
E.C. Electroplating, 125 Clark St., in Garfield Photo Credit: Google Maps

GARFIELD, N.J. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to clean up a long-contaminated site in Garfield, but it's going to take three decades and $37 million -- and there's no current funding for the project, according to The Record.

E.C. Electroplating, on Clark Street, spilled over three tons of chromium from a holding tank in 1983 -- a substance the government labels a "serious threat to human health," The Record reported.

The substance has been found in home and business basements after flooding. But city drinking water shouldn't be impacted, since it comes from Elmwood Park wells, said The Record.

An EPA official unveiled the cleanup plan on Monday, May 9, but it's still a long road. There's a waiting list for Superfund project funding, which the site qualifies for, since the polluter is no longer in business, The Record reported.

The Garfield Senior Center, at 480 Midland Ave., will host an EPA meeting to explain the cleanup plan on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Read the full The Record story here.

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