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Wastewater treatment plants that discharge phosphorous into the Passaic River may soon be buying and selling credits to one another for that right, according to a report in The Record.
Scientists from Rutgers University partnered with Cornell University economists to develop a phosphorous trading program for the nearly two-dozen municipal sewage plants that flush effluent into the upper Passaic River every day. The trading model will be presented to the public at the third-annual Passaic River Symposium at Montclair State University on Oct. 16.
NJ Sierra Club director Jeff Titel has blasted the proposal:
It is a scam a Bush Administration shell game that will lead to more pollution in the Passaic River. Instead of the DEP enforcing the Clean Water Act the sewer plants get to trade pollution so human waste could be part of NJ"s pay to play system.