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Glen Rock officials, with the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, discuss the town’s ban on thin plastic bags on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

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PATERSON — Two local businesses, an auto repair shop and a dye house, are among 12 throughout the state that are facing lawsuits alleging environmental health violations and demanding cleanups.

The complaints, all filed by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, on behalf of the state Department of Environmental Protection, specifically targeted pollution in low-income neighborhoods.

The local cases, to be heard by Judge Thomas Brogan in state Superior Court, are the only Passaic County matters.

Map of New Jersey showing locations of alleged polluters. (Photo: Courtesy of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General)

Other legal actions were taken against gas stations in Newark and in South Orange; a former manufacturer of bolts, nuts and screws in Elizabeth; a mechanic’s garage