Toxic, lead-heavy paint is the scourge of New Jersey's industrial past. Part of this history is that, thirty years ago, Ford Motor Company dumped paint sludge in Rockland County, NJ along the Ramapo River. Following a contentious bit of back and forth, there's word that Ford will remove some of the waste, enough, it seems, to fill 325 dump trucks.
Eighteen years ago, the EPA created the Toxic Release Inventory regulations, forcing big companies to release data on how much toxic waste they create and what they do with it. According to this article, since it's inception, industrial pollution has dropped some 40 percent. It seems that the EPA has decided to weaken the regulations, allowing companies to release 4-10 times more toxins than previously allowed without making a report.
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