Revived Superfund tax sought to pay for polluted New Jersey sites

Some New Jersey Congressmen want to revive a tax to pay for cleaning up polluted sites.

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Bill Pascrell spoke Monday at a former industrial site in Garfield.

The quartet has proposed legislation in the House and Senate they say will ensure polluting companies and not taxpayers foot the bill for cleaning up polluted sites.

New Jersey has more than 100 such Superfund sites, the most of any state in the nation.

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The legislation would reinstate an excise tax on polluting companies that was allowed to expire in the mid-1990s.

The money would be put into a fund to pay for the cleanup of sites owned by companies that either were defunct or couldn’t afford to pay.

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