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The Passaic River is being dredged for poisonous toxins.  The EPA decided that this was an emergency situation and moved quickly. Currently, the site is barricaded off, right outside of a huge park and recreation area.  The EPA says that the park is safe, but they are closely monitoring the situation.

So, Tamara jumped in a pontoon boat with Captain Bill from the Hackensack River-keepers who drove her up the Passaic explaining to her the toxic legacy of the river.  He told Tamara that the “Ground Zero of that superfund is the Diamond Shamrock site, in Newark, that is where all of the Dioxin came from, and the tides have done a terrific job of moving it around and polluting the entire bed of the river.”

She then went to to Riverside County Park North, in Lyndhurst, NJ and spoke with Stephanie Vaughn one of our engineers of the EPA's Emergency & Remedial Response Division.  She expressed her concerns and told Tamara that tt is critical to remove these toxins as soon as possible so that they do not spread.  The sooner the river is cleaned up, the quicker it can return to the prosperous state of the mid 20th-century, and once again become the golden river of New Jersey.

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