Environment: Week's Watch

Each year New Jersey beaches are swept by a "red tide" of tiny organisms that redden the sea, give swimmers rashes and threaten the shore area's ecology and economy. Health officials trace this phenomenon to the "dead sea" outside New York Harbor, a region devoid of marine life where barges routinely dump the city's garbage and sludge (treated sewage). To worsen matters. New Jersey itself dumps sludge offshore, and so does Pennsylvania.

Last week New Jersey Governor William T. Cahill took drastic action. He signed a bill that could force his state's dumpers to...

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