Gems Landfill Users Want Water Discharge Approved

Date: April 17, 2003

Source: News Room

Former users of the GEMS Landfill in New Jersey want a federal judge to force the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority to accept the discharge of contaminated water from the ground beneath the Superfund site. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, the GEMS Phase II Trust argues that testing has demonstrated that a pretreatment plant can effectively remove radionuclides from the water. The trust seeks to lift a CCMUA "cease discharge" order in effect since 1999, when radionuclides were discovered in the groundwater at the landfill. The trust says it has spent $1.6 million studying radionuclides in the effluent. The EPA, which has been monitoring cleanup work by the trust, supports discharge to the CCMUA as the most cost-effective way to deal with the water.

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