PA and NJ get Super-funding

    Some contaminated areas of the region are getting cleaned up with federal stimulus funds. The Environmental Protection Agency says eight Superfund sites in New Jersey and two in Pennsylvania will get as much as $170 million.

    Some contaminated areas of the region are getting cleaned up with federal stimulus funds. The Environmental Protection Agency says eight Superfund sites in New Jersey and two in Pennsylvania will get as much as $170 million.

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    $5 million in federal stimulus money is heading to a Superfund site in Havertown, PA.

    The site is contaminated with the wood preservative PCP, and the EPA has been working on the clean-up project since the early 1990s.

    EPA Remedial Project Manager Jill Lowe says it’s hard to tell how soon the site would have been cleaned up without the stimulus money.

    Lowe: To get money through our normal channels…we would have had to compete with all the other Superfund sites to get money and there are sites out there that have a current risk and this doesn’t have a current risk to human health or the environment. So I don’t know how it would have ranked.

    Lowe says the money will be used to excavate contaminated soil and put in additional groundwater treatment wells.

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