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Hazardous recycling site in Vineland could re-open

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It's been closed for a number of years after being declared a health hazard, now city officials want to get the Clean Earth recycling center back in working order, before things spiral out of control.

"If you let it go too far, too long it might get worse. So we just have to be on top of it right now," said Vineland Mayor, Ruben Bermudez.

Tradebe Environmental Services is currently working on a contract with the Department of Environmental Protection to obtain the rights to run the center.

Steve Katz from Tradebe says he believes their company could be a positive contribution to the restoration of the site.

But Vineland Mayor Ruben Bermudez says he is concerned about who will remove the hazardous materials once the center is in new hands.

"We need to know who will come in and want to clean this site," said Bermudez. "Be a good neighbor to us, so we got an opportunity to know these people coming from Tradebe and we just want to know what will it take to clean the site up."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency it will be their responsibility to maintain the site and they say they have been for months.

"Our roles here since July has been to essentially stabilize the threats that the chemicals pose in terms of a release to the environment. We have been collecting drums that were scattered around the property. We've been cleaning up chemical spills, and we've been securing oil tanks," said Paul Kahn, the On-Site Representative for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Next week the EPA plans to ship out 200 thousand gallons of waste oil from the recycling site as they continue to clean up what's left of the hazardous waste.

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