Cleanup of Superfund Site Completed in Morris County, New Jersey
"Our assessment found that the cleanup was successful, clearing the way for the deletion of this property from the list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites."
- EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has successfully completed the cleanup of a superfund site in Long Hill Township and Harding Township, Morris County, NJ.
The site, at the edge of a National Wildlife Refuge, had formerly served as an asbestos dump. It has now been removed from the National Priorities List of hazardous waste sites.
After monitoring and analyzing data, the EPA determined that the asbestos was successfully contained and does not pose a significant threat to public health or the environment. "The risk from the asbestos at this site has been addressed and now the site can come off the Superfund list," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. "Our assessment found that the cleanup was successful, clearing the way for the deletion of this property from the list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites."
New Jersey has the undeserved reputation of being an environmental nightmare, where toxic contamination is always a stone’s throw away. However, if any of NJ's detractors were to visit Morris County, they would quickly change their tune. It is a beautiful county with large park lands, friendly residential areas, and charming downtowns. The Great Swamp, in particular, is a hidden ecological gem that should be protected and cherished.