New Jersey lawmakers are concerned over potential health risks posed by a giant brown silt plume that was released into Barnegat Bay last week.
But a state official says the plume doesn’t pose any problems for the public.
The plume was spotted Wednesday by a drone from Seaside Park’s public works department. It spanned more than six blocks just south of the Mathis-Tunney Bridge in Seaside Heights.
State Transportation Department Commissioner Jamie Fox said Tuesday that the plume was a combination of silt built up in a pump station and silt from the bay floor.
But Senate and Assembly environment committees wonder whether a flood abatement project is to blame.
The pumping station is one of nine along Route 35 from Bay Head to Seaside Park. The pumps are part of a $200 million infrastructure upgrade stemming from the damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012.