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The Record: Pompton Delay

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

SOMETIMES IT seems that whenever there is an environmental remediation under negotiation for an old factory site or polluted body of water, the very last people who are considered in the equation are the people who actually live near the site. Sadly, that is the case once again, this time regarding the cleanup of contaminated sediment in Pompton Lake.

When it comes to polluted Pompton Lake and the cleanup that has been — and apparently will continue to be — a long time coming, the signature mantra seems to be “delay, delay, delay.”

Indeed, as Staff Writer James M. O’Neill reported last week, a long-awaited cleanup by DuPont that had been planned for the lake has been delayed once more. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has decided to withdraw a cleanup plan that would have required DuPont to remove sediment both in the lake and at hot spots along the Ramapo River.

 

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DuPont cleanup of Pompton Lake sediment delayed

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

A long-awaited cleanup of contaminated sediment in Pompton Lake faces new delays because the federal government has withdrawn a cleanup plan that would have required DuPont to remove sediment in the lake and at hot spots along the Ramapo River.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it will rewrite the plan – and the permit that goes with it – by this fall, and that the new permit will be “at least as protective and will be more detailed than the permit previously issued.”

But the news dismayed residents who live near the lake and who have long argued for the EPA to add the site to the Superfund program, which they say would give the EPA more power to force DuPont to follow a specific cleanup plan and move the cleanup along more quickly.

 

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EPA pulls Pompton Lakes Permit

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

Many are calling for federal Superfund status now that progress is stalled on the DuPont contamination cleanup of the Acid Brook delta of the Pompton Lake. The cleanup had been ongoing since the 1980s.

On April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it pulled the permit it had approved for the cleanup of the delta.

The delta is one of the areas in the borough DuPont contaminated, with heavy metals like lead and mercury, when it operated a munitions factory from 1902 to 1994.

The EPA had approved a permit that expanded the delta cleanup from 26 to 40 acres and required DuPont to perform long-term monitoring of the area.

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EPA Badly Fumbles Jersey Pompton Lakes Toxic Cleanup

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

Trenton — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making one of the nation’s longest toxic removal operations even longer with the announcement that it is withdrawing its permit for the heavily contaminated Pompton Lakes area cleanup plan. By going back to the drawing board, EPA raises serious doubts about both the scope and schedule for the already 25-year old remediation of the former E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company ammunition plant, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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Enough is enough in Pompton Lakes Plume

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

Dear Editor:

Following is a message to all who live in the community of Pompton Lakes. My message is critical. It affects the lives of over 500 families who continue to live in DuPont’s contamination. DuPont dumped its poisons into our soil and water waterways for almost a century from 1902-94 during operation of its former munitions site.

After reading a recent article in The Record on April 19, 2014 entitled “DuPont to explore cleanup options,” written by Environmental Reporter James O’Neill, I was compelled to write this letter.

I am very disturbed about what is happening to the people who live in The Plume. DuPont is the fox in the henhouse and has been for far too long. They are allowed to play games with our lives! By DuPont petitioning the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to raise the vapor intrusion contamination levels of TCE (trichloroethene) and PCE (tetrachloroethylene) and then in turn, by the EPA even agreeing possibly to consider such a change to our Vapor Interim Remedial Measure Plan, which was agreed upon back in June 2008, the damage that will come to our families would be permanent!

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EPA Withdraws Dupont’s Pompton Lakes Mercury Cleanup Permit

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

EPA Effectively Admits Legal Error

Withdrawn Permit Moots Dupont’s Appeal

Unclear How Ecological Impacts and USFWS Concerns Will Be Addressed

” The permit appeal process should not be used as hammer by Dupont to force EPA concession and it is not a permission slip for EPA to negotiate a cleanup plan Dupont will support behind closed doors.” ~~~ Bill Wolfe, 8/30/13

Keep in mind that this withdrawal occurred after months of closed door negotiations with Dupont in response to Dupont’s legal appeal of the final permit last year.

 

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Don’t let DuPont off the hook; The Record (pages 2-3)

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

Regarding “DuPont to explore cleanup options” (Page L-1, April 19):

My critical message is for all residents of Pompton Lakes. More than 500 families live in contamination. DuPont dumped its poisons there for almost a century.

DuPont is a fox in the hen house. It petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to raise the contamination levels for trichloroethene and tetrachloroethylene. It is puzzling as to why the EPA would possibly consider such a change to the approved 2008 vapor interim remedial measure plan.

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DuPont to explore cleanup options

by Admin - May 13th, 2014

Will test diluting

plume of pollution

Nearly 30 years after discovering that toxic chemicals migrated off its property and contaminated groundwater beneath 450 homes in Pompton Lakes, DuPont is readying two new tests to study possible methods to remove the pollution. A previous study of a third cleanup option has already produced positive results. One of DuPont’s new tests will determine whether it can dilute or flush out the contaminated groundwater plume beneath the residential neighborhood in a controversial process called hydraulic surcharging.

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N.J. will not study cancer cases in Pompton Lakes, report says

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

Health officials will not study whether there is a definite link between toxicity in the groundwater below a certain neighborhood in Pompton Lakes and a higher number of reported cancer cases from residents who live there, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

A report by the state Department of Health released Monday confirmed a 2009 study of residents that found the kidney cancer rate in women had been elevated for 30 years along with the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma rate in men for 13 years, NorthJersey.com reported.

But it said there were “insufficient numbers of cases of these cancers” in the neighborhood that would result in a meaningful study, the media outlet reported. It said the study would need 30 to 35 cases to detect a tripling in risk, while 80 to 85 cases would be needed to detect a doubling in risk. The number of cases in Pompton Lakes do not approach these numbers, the report said.

 

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New Jersey health officials won’t study Pompton Lakes cancers

by Admin - April 4th, 2014

POMPTON LAKES — New Jersey health officials have decided not to conduct a study to determine a more definitive link between the toxic chemicals flowing under a neighborhood and elevated levels of certain cancers among residents who live there, a state report says.

Higher-than-normal levels of kidney cancer in women and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in men who live above the toxic plume may be related to inhaling fumes from trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, according to a report by the New Jersey Department of Health.

But the number of neighborhood residents who have the diseases “is not large enough for meaningful statistical analysis” to conduct an epidemiologic study, which could help scientifically prove a link between the cancer and the pollution, the report said.

 

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