$438M from settlement going to two NJ cleanup efforts

The federal government says $438 million from a $5.15 billion legal settlement over contamination will be used to clean up two New Jersey sites.

Officials announced the funding Monday for the Welsbach and General Gas Mantle site in Camden and Gloucester City as well as the Federal Creosote site in Manville.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. agreed in April 2014 to pay the federal government $5.15 billion to clean up long-contaminated sites across the county in the largest ever contamination settlement.

The ongoing Camden-area cleanup relates to radioactive thorium used from the 1890s through 1941 to make gas lamps.

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The work in Manville was completed in 2008. Homes and a mall were built on a site that had been used to treat railroad ties with high levels of the chemical creosote.

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