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March 19, 2014
The Mayor of the Borough of Carteret, NJ, Daniel Reiman, recently posted an update to his Facebook page, as well as a similar update to the official Borough website, about the Rahway Arch Proposal by Soil Safe, Inc. The update included several inaccuracies that we would like to address.
First, we would like to clear up some misconceptions about our organization. NY/NJ Baykeeper is a registered, 501(c)3 charitable organization that has been working in this watershed since 1989. Our IRS form 990 financial statements are a matter of public record and we are completely transparent about our funding sources and always have been. We advocate on behalf of the Raritan Bay, its rivers, streams and tributaries, including the Rahway River. We have been very active in trying to protect this site and the surrounding wetlands from bad proposals, like this one. Baykeeper has long advocated that the polluter, Cytec, should pay for cleanups.
Next, we would like to clear up misconceptions about the project:
All of this information was obtained through the Open Public Meetings Act (OPRA) and is well documented. The documents are available here. Additionally, Baykeeper has previously assisted the Borough of Carteret in pursuing environmental polluters by hosting Borough representatives on our Baykeeper patrol boat to inspect and document the waterfront – a free service we were happy to provide.
The mayor was right about one thing- we are “hell-bent” on blocking this proposal, but not for selfish reasons. We are fighting this proposal because we care about the best interests of the Rahway River and the communities surrounding it. We not are not deterred by the slanderous attacks and inaccurate insults being thrown at us and will continue to make noise and draw attention to the hazards posed by this proposal and advocating for what is best for our watershed.