Portion of Garfield declared toxic Superfund site

GARFIELD - (AP) - Federal officials have added aneighborhood in Garfield to the nation's list of toxic waste sites.

Thursday's Superfund designation came more than a year afterinvestigators discovered a deadly form of chromium seeping into 13basements. The designation allows the Environmental ProtectionAgency to find the party responsible for the contamination andbegin the process of cleaning it up.

The area has 600 homes and businesses.

The state Environmental Protection Department has said thecontamination likely came from a 1983 leak of chromic acid from atank at E.C. Electroplating Inc.

Drinking water is not contaminated.

Garfield Mayor Frank Calandriello told The Record newspaper hehopes there's enough money to do a complete cleanup.

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