Environmentalists, local officials dismiss proposed pact
Reporter staff writer
The settlement, for the decades of pollution at the Bayonne and Linden “Bayway” sites, was first reported by The New York Times in late February. The state was originally seeking up to $8.9 billion to clean up and then restore the wetlands in the two cities, but is now willing to settle for $225 million. The legal fight over the cleanup of the two former industrial sites has been going on for more than a decade.
“Chris Christie is letting ExxonMobil off the hook for nearly $9 billion it owes for polluting wetlands and waters in North Jersey,” said Executive Director Ed Potosnak. “Instead of making Exxon pay to restore these environmentally sensitive areas, Christie cut a deal with Exxon.”
Potosnak said that in addition to the cleanups at the Bayonne and Linden sites, Exxon Mobil should pay the bill for returning wildlife habitats and water quality to what they once were.
“Christie's settlement is letting Exxon off the hook for restoring the environment that includes dozens of other sites not part of the original lawsuit,” he added.
The league urged stakeholders to send comments to the Christie administration voicing their opposition to the deal. [You can send comments to the DEP here]
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