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Pollution Settlement Finalized to Restore Wetlands, Floodplains, and Riverbanks in New Jersey

MAY 6, 2024 — On April 8, 2024, the New Jersey District Court accepted the entry of a settlement reached by NOAA and our co-trustees with Wyeth Holdings, LLC. This settlement compensates for natural resource injuries resulting from hazardous substance releases at/near the American Cyanamid Superfund Site in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The banks of Raritan River, New Jersey.
The American Cyanamid site sits on the banks of the Raritan River. Image credit: NOAA.

Under this 2024 Consent Decree for settlement, Wyeth Holdings LLC will create 112 acres of forested floodplains and vernal pools, as outlined in the Trustees’ Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (PDF 66 pages). This restoration project will provide needed habitat and access to nature for communities that have been disproportionately affected by pollution. Recreational trails along the restored area will include education signage. Past and future costs associated with injury assessment, restoration oversight, and project monitoring are included in this settlement, as well as long-term stewardship of the restored area.

For decades, the American Cyanamid facility was the site of multiple hazardous substance releases, including a range of contaminants that were discharged directly into the Raritan River. The factory manufactured chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and distilled coal tar. Cuckolds Brook, which crosses the site and flows into the Raritan River, was a conduit for untreated liquid waste from the early 1900s through the 1930s.

Last updated Friday, May 10, 2024 1:55pm PDT