Report: More chem regulations needed in NJ

October 7, 2008 10:43:28 AM PDT
The New Jersey Work Environment Council says it has identified nearly 100 industrial sites around the state that pose potential catastrophic risks to the public. The group is an alliance of labor, environmental and community organizations.

It says New Jersey has not done enough in the years following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to secure dangerous chemical facilities that dot the northeast and southwest portions of the state.

Rick Engler, the organization's director, has called on the Corzine administration to beef up regulations of the chemical industry before a major spill or leak occurs.

The council praised Corzine for implementing some tighter controls, and noted that about a dozen chemical plant owners have taken steps to make their facilities safer.

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