In the 4-square-mile Ironbound community of Newark, New Jersey, environmental activists advocate against the construction of a new power plant.
The Ironbound community is home to 50,000 residents and faces terrible air quality caused by two existing power plants, congested diesel truck traffic, an incinerator and one superfund site, The Diamond Alkali Superfund. A superfund site is an abandoned toxic waste site that requires a cleanup response due to hazardous materials and conditions.
During Superstorm Sandy, 8 million gallons of raw sewage flooded into Newark Bay after the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) lost power, prompting plans for the backup power plant. PVSC's plans for the plant were not