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October 23, 2003

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Broken Wastewater Pipe Closes Shellfish Beds in Barnegat Bay
About 7,000 acres affected

(03/158) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) temporarily closed about 7,000 acres of Barnegat Bay to shellfishing effective today in order to protect public health after a break was discovered in the wastewater discharge line from the Ocean County Utilities Authority treatment plant.

DEP Deputy Commissioner Joanna Dunn Samson ordered the shellfish beds closed today, immediately after the department confirmed the break.

The ruptured section of pipe is off Berkeley Township in Barnegat Bay beneath 8 feet of water and 4 to 6 feet of sediment. The 56-inch diameter pipe carries treated wastewater into the ocean.

Once repairs are completed, shellfish beds will remain closed for 30 days to allow shellfish to purge themselves of contaminants.

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