TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred Madden which would allow owners and operators of licensed child care centers to be reimbursed for the cost of hazardous site ground and building contamination assessments to check for contaminant levels in soil and work to help prevent ground contamination like what occurred at Kiddie Kollege was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.
Kiddie Kollege was a daycare center in Franklinville, Gloucester County, which was shut down in July of 2006 after workers in the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) discovered that the center had been operating on the former site of an Accutherm mercury thermometer factory for over two years.
“This legislation is about helping to protect a very special segment of our most vulnerable citizens – our children,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “When companies decide to dump hazardous waste into our ground and water supply, they are putting local residents at risk. It is our job to make sure that the centers that care for our children are safe and free from harmful contaminants.”