Cost battle over clearing N.J. beach munitions

August 21, 2008 6:27:14 AM PDT
New Jersey and federal officials are sparring over how to pay for the rising costs of cleaning up World War I-era military munitions found on beaches in Surf City.

The U.S. Corps of Engineers says the cleanup will cost nearly $18 million - three times the initial estimate.

Congress has approved spending $11.7 million on the project and says the state is responsible for paying the remaining $6 million.

But state Environmental Protection spokeswoman Elaine Makatura says the state will not pay because it's not responsible.

More than 1,100 old munitions have been found on the Long Beach Island community since last year. They were pumped from the ocean floor to the beaches in a beach replenishment project.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,

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