05 Dec: Smith-Doria Bill To Speed Along Contaminated Site Remediation Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Bob Smith and Joseph V. Doria which would allow municipal governments to take over contaminated site cleanups within the municipality when the property owners have delayed remediation was approved by the Senate Environment Committee by a vote of 4-0, with one abstention.

“In many of our State’s urban areas, economic and environmental blight are very serious problems that local officials are trying to tackle on an everyday basis,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex and Somerset. “However, when those efforts are thwarted by large industrial polluters who have simply abandoned environmentally-damaged sites, local officials want to do something to speed up cleanups in their towns. This bill gives municipalities the power to speed along cleanups, and thus, redevelopment and remediation of their communities.”