TRENTON, NJ — A state Superior Court judge has ruled that a major chemical company must help pay for the cleanup of the lower Passaic River, according to The Star-Ledger.
The judge ruled that Occidental Chemical Corporation is liable for all past and future cleanup costs associated with pollution caused by the former Diamond Alkali/Diamond Shamrock Chemicals Corporation plant, the article stated.
According to the article, Occidental acquired Diamond, a pesticide and herbicide manufacturer, in the 1980s.
State environmental officials have said the plant polluted the river with an extremely toxic form of dioxin left over from the production of the Vietnam-era Agent Orange, DDT and other chemicals, the article noted.
"It has always been our steadfast position that all companies, not just Occidental Chemical, own up to their responsibility for the environmental damages that they and their predecessors caused," said Governor Chris Christie in a statement.
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