Woman plunges to death at old NJ landfill

ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A woman fell off a catwalk and plunged to her death at a Superfund site, authorities said.

Rescuers, state police and the Hunterdon County prosecutor's office responded to the Crown Vantage Landfill Superfund site in Alexandria Township late Friday, MyCentralJersey.com reported.

Police identified the woman as 20-year-old Rachel Curry, of Bloomsbury, WFMZ-TV reported. State police said Curry was with several of her friends when she fell off the catwalk near a smokestack. She was declared dead at the scene.

Additional details about the fall weren't available Monday morning.

The landfill is located near the Delaware River and had been used by a paper mill to dump hazardous waste from the 1930s to the 1970s. In 2009, the federal Environmental Protection Agency determined that levels of contaminants at the site weren't high enough to be harmful to humans who engage in activities such as hunting and swimming nearby up to 56 days each year.

According to the EPA, the site is now subject to review at least once every five years to ensure it remains protective of human health and the environment. Its first five-year review is scheduled for February 2018.

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