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City of Vineland Determined to Learn Truth of Potential Contamination at Public Park

The City of Vineland is seeking to get to the bottom of the severity of the potential contamination of heavy metals in and around the Burnt Mill Pond. It is evident that a contamination from an upstream Superfund site in Newfield has been affecting the pond downstream. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declined the City’s request for assistance with removal and testing of the site, and the City has decided to take matters into its own hands.

On July 26, the EPA held a public meeting regarding their plans for the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. Superfund site in Newfield, in which a remediation plan was discussed which would stop short of Burnt Mill. The City of Vineland felt that they needed to address this contamination, as Burnt Mill is a public city park, and were dissatisfied with the EPA’s proposed plan.

This week, Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich was approved by the City Council to assist with the matter. The firm helped the City last year regarding an issue with Pure Earth, Inc. recycling facility.

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich is a go-to environmental law firm for municipalities and government agencies for assistance with matters such as hazardous site remediation, land use issues, brownfields, landfills, and other complex environmental litigation matters.

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