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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Gov. Murphy Announces Plan for Lead Contamination Remediation

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy called on the Legislature to place on the November 2020 ballot a $500 million bond referendum to fund necessary replacement/remediation, part of his plan to address lead contamination.

In a speech at Thomas Edison State University, Governor Murphy announced the first steps in his plan to address lead contamination both in public water systems and remaining lead paint in homes. The Governor called upon the Legislature to place on the November 2020 ballot a $500 million bond referendum to fund the necessary replacement and remediation. The Governor’s plan received initial support from both Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin, both of whom expressed support for the objectives of the plan.

Simultaneously, Jersey Water Works released a report including a series of recommendations to “…eliminate lead in all drinking water in 10 years.”

The League is currently reviewing both proposals and will provide analysis in the upcoming days and weeks.

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, mcerra@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 ext. 120.


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