A group of environmental activists gathered in South Camden on Thursday to call on the city, county and state to finally remove a pile of toxic dirt, illegally dumped and high-rise.

The day before, the mayor, answering the question of the “Courier-mail” about the pile at another event dedicated to the illegal dump, said that measures will be taken by the end of the year.

“There has been no movement on this issue, and it has been going on for nine years,” said Roy Jones, a resident of Camden who heads the National Institute for Healthy Man.

“Last September, they said the same thing that will soon be cleared, and here we are, six months later, and the toxic pile has not been moved.”

Homeowner Carlton Sudan stands near his home in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday, July 2, 2021. A massive illegal landfill in the neighborhood causes sewage of contaminated dirt and debris, as well as infestation by insects infiltrating his property.

Speaking about Mayor Vic Karstarfen’s remarks about the pile the day before, Jones replied: “We’re not sure it’s like moving the ball down.”

Jones said an Amus statement was filed in February, “to make sure the community’s problems are addressed and its interests protected.”

A huge illegal landfill occupies property near Carleton Sudan’s home in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday, July 2, 2021.  This site causes contaminated dirt and debris surrounding his home along with insect infestations.

At a press conference on Wednesday Fr. efforts to combat illegal landfillsCamden Public Works Director Keith Walker said the city has made progress in clearing the pile and bringing offenders to justice.

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“We are working with the New Jersey Department of the Environment, the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and the EDA (New Jersey Economic Development Agency) to restore and remove,” Walker said Wednesday. “Progress is definitely there.”

Karstarfen called the progress “extremely encouraging”, adding that he was optimistic that the city would receive about $ 5 million needed to clean up the site, which the state claims includes dangerous carcinogens.

“I think you will see action there soon,” the mayor said. “I feel good and I’m sure it will be by the end of this year.”

Long-term problem:The encroachment on waste threatens Camden’s home and the health of residents, the state says

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