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Few tests done at toxic sites after superstorm

December 24, 2012 • Business


In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, a recreational area is fenced off in an area where high levels of lead were recorded following Superstorm Sandy in Laurence Harbor, N.J. Federal and state officials say Sandy’s floodwaters didn’t cause problems at any of the 147 toxic waste or Superfund sites in the New York/New Jersey area. The Environmental Protection Agency says there’s no immediate threat to public health. But some experts say the storm created thousands of small pollution sites that could be even more challenging to track and clean up. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — For more than a month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that the recent superstorm didn’t cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it’s monitoring in New York and New Jersey.

But in many cases, no actual tests of soil or water are being conducted, just visual inspections.

The EPA conducted a handful of tests right after the storm, but couldn’t provide details or locations of any recent testing when asked Login to read more

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