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EPA removes chemical drums from New Jersey warehouse

September 15, 2009

According to the Associated Press, federal environmental officials have completed removal of more than 1,500 drums of hazardous chemicals from a facility in northern New Jersey. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that the $1.7 million cleanup at the Abrachem Chemical warehouse in Clifton, New Jersey, erased the threat of a chemical fire and that there was little soil or groundwater contamination at the site. State Department of Environmental Protection workers, who were called to investigate a report of a chemical leak, discovered abandoned and mislabeled drums in October last year. The EPA got a court order to get on the property. The EPA will try to recoup the cleanup cost from Abrachem, but the company filed for bankruptcy in January.