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Judge allows NJ Superfund site lawsuit to proceed

7-3-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit over the approximately $80 million cleanup of a Superfund site along Raritan Bay to proceed.

The ruling means NL Industries can continue its attempt to share the costs of the cleanup of the site in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge Township.

Last year the Environmental Protection Agency announced the company was responsible for lead pollution at the site dating back decades. The company operated a smelting plant in Perth Amboy.

NL Industries sued, claiming it never dumped any material at the site and that the state and township allowed a developer to build a seawall with lead-contaminated soil.

The EPA found elevated levels of lead in the soil and surface water in 2008.