Judge OKs $190 Million for Passaic River Cleanup

TRENTON (AP) -

A New Jersey judge has approved a $190 million settlement with the last remaining defendant stemming from lawsuits filed over pollution in the Passaic River.

The settlement with Occidental Chemical Corporation was approved Tuesday and made public Wednesday.

It’s the third and final settlement with companies involved in litigation over river contamination. Altogether, the state recovered more than $355 million from the settlements.

New Jersey filed suit more than eight years ago against Occidental and several other companies associated with the former Diamond Shamrock site in Newark. Diamond Shamrock manufactured pesticides and herbicides from the 1940s through the 1960s, including the defoliant Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam War.