The Toxics Next-Door: Leaky Tanks Can Be Big Headache for Homeowners
Price tag for dealing with tainted soil at home in Teaneck has cost $600,000 – and property is still polluted with leaked heating oil
Dealing with the removal of underground oil tank is a problem facing many New Jersey homeowners. But Eliot Zigmund’s problem is more accurately described as a nightmare – which has so far cost $600,000 as efforts continue to deal with oil-contaminated soil on his Teaneck property.
More than five years later – and following the excavation of 250 tons of tainted soil on Zigmund’s property and from a neighbor’s yard – the problem remains.
And while his insurance company is responsible for about 80 percent, Zigmund’s own share of the cost – so far – amounts to about $100,000.
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