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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

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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.

Read the full report by Brenda Flanagan of NJTV, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

This story is part of Dirty Little Secrets, a series investigating New Jersey’s toxic legacy. Participating news partners include New Jersey Public Radio/WNYC, WHYY, NJTV, NJ Spotlight, Jersey Shore Hurricane News, WBGO, New Brunswick Today, and the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies. The collaboration is facilitated by The Center for Investigative Reporting, with help from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State and support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to CIR.

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