November 30, 2022 | njspotlightnews.org
The former Combe Landfill North Superfund site in Mount Olive is gaining a second life as a solar farm. It once contained industrial waste, sewage, sludge and chemicals. The 102-acre property operated as a landfill from 1966 to 1981. The operation left the land and water polluted with harmful chemicals, creating one of the most toxic sites in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency designated the landfill a Superfund site in 1983 and spent two decades overseeing its cleanup.
NJ SEED: Formerly polluted industrial waste sites and contaminated landfills once cleaned up are not appropriate for schools, hospitals, or apartment complexes. They may, however, be put to good and productive use as evidenced by the Combe Landfill conversion to a solar farm.