A WNYC analysis estimates that 89% of New Jersey residents live within a mile of at least one "contaminated site" as designated by the state. Owners of contaminated sites are required to hire a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to formulate a cleanup plan. Sites without an LSRP are disproportionately located in low-income and minority communities.
Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection, US Census Bureau. Estimates based on analysis of intersections between census tracts and one-mile radii around contaminated sites.