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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 4/4/01
01/26
CONTACT: Sharon A. Southard or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

ADVISORY
DEP PRESENTS $158,905 CHECK TO BERGEN FOR TIRE ROUNDUP

As part of a $2.4 million statewide initiative to address the West Nile virus, Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Regulation Dennis Hart will present a $158,905 check to Benedict Focarino, Bergen County Utilities Authority Chairman, to help the county clean-up scrap tires which serve as excellent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Bergen County is the fourth to receive a “tire roundup” grant for scrap tire collection to help fight the West Nile virus.

A press availability will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. at an abandoned tire pile site on Patterson Plank Road in East Rutherford, weather permitting. Rain site location will be at the Bergen County Municipal Utilities Authority Administration Building, Foot of Empire Boulevard, Moonachie.

The funding for each county is based on the Clean Communities Formula for road miles since abandoned tires are a form of litter. Bergen County has 445 road miles which entitles it to 6.62% of the funding.

Participants in the conference are expected to include Douglas Bern, chairman of Bergen County Board of Freeholders and County Freeholders Andrew J. Cassano, Valerie Huttle, Jack Alter, Barbara Chadwick, and Dennis McNerney. Also, Bergen County Executive Director William P. Schuber and Bergen County Municipal Utilities Authority Executive Director Jerome F. Sheehan, members of the Mosquito Commission and other local officials.

Directions:

Take New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 16W. Take Route 3 East (Service Road) to 120 North past Arena Stadium sign to 503 North. Take Paterson Plant Road East exit. Site of the event is half a mile on the right in front of a tire pile.

RAIN SITE: Bergen County Municipal Utilities Authority. Take New Jersey Turnpike North to Exit 16W. Take Route 3 West to Route 17 North. Get off at Moonachie/Woodridge Exit. Turn right at the light to Moonachie Avenue. Pass Teterboro Airport on your left and continue going straight until the road ends into the Bergen County MUA facilities. Follow the signs to the administration building.

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