Cost battle over clearing N.J. beach munitions

SURF CITY, N.J. (AP) - August 21, 2008

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, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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