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Hackensack River Moves Closer To Federal Superfund Designation

The Hackensack River Pathway may have more visitors soon.
The Hackensack River Pathway may have more visitors soon. Photo Credit: File

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Hackensack River moved closer to federal Superfund designation on Nov. 5 when the state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to further sample the river's sediment, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Superfund program aims to clean up the most polluted areas in the county, and New Jersey has over 100 sites across the state already in the program.

EPA testers looked at the lower 17 miles of the river over the last few months and found high levels of cadmium, lead, mercury, dioxin and PCBs, and other contaminants, reported NorthJersey.com.

The new EPA study will take place next year.

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